Treva Stack is a research analyst/statistician for the Jacob France Institute. With an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore, she has a solid background in the social sciences, with specific expertise in research design and program evaluation. Ms. Stack’s previously held research positions include the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Red Cross National Headquarters, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
At the Jacob France Institute, Ms. Stack’s research focus relates primarily to education, training and the transition of students and other participants into the workforce.
Ms. Stack provides research expertise to the MSDE Divisions of Career Technology and Adult Learning, and Certification and Accreditation. In addition, she works with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), the University System of Maryland (USM), and the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), providing them with employment and earnings data, as well as assistance with additional research projects. She has also provided assistance with the development of the Maryland Longitudinal Data System as it relates to workforce measures.
Individual local education agencies (LEAs) that have partnered with JFI for research purposes include the Public School Systems of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Cecil County, Montgomery County, and the Office of the State Superintendent – DC Public School System.
- Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Career and Technology Education (CTE) Students
Annual assistance is provided to MSDE by supplying earnings data for CTE students as required by the Federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act accountability measures. Information includes earnings found in Maryland UI administrative datas, adjacent state administrative datas (DC, NJ, OH, PA, VA, WV), Federal civilian employment, and Maryland registered apprenticeship records.
- Office of the State Superintendent of Education, DC (OSSE-DC), University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC)
Annual assistance is provided to OSSE-DC and UDC-CC about the employment and earnings of their CTE students as required by Perkins accountability measures (see above for MSDE). In addition, JFI will be collaborating on a number of research projects with OSSE-DC in the upcoming year, including work with District charter schools.
- Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC)
Annual assistance is provided to MACC for a performance indicator required by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Matches of both degree and certificate community college completers are matched to the Maryland UI Wage records, as well as to regional and federal employment records. Longitudinal earnings profiles one year prior and 3 years after graduation are generated and distributed to each institution.
- Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
Updated earnings data are provided for participants in occupational training programs funded under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which MHEC maintains.
- Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR)
Support is provided to the DLLR departments of Adult Education, Correctional Education, and Apprenticeship and Training for Federal reporting requirements and research projects.
- Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR), Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
Workforce data will be provided for participants of DHMH substance abuse treatment programs.
- Data Linkages and Technical Services to Multiple Maryland Non-Profit Agencies
Program participants were tracked into the workforce for the following local agencies: Central Scholarship Bureau (scholarship recipients), Behavioral Health System Baltimore (substance abuse treatment), Center for Urban Families, 2nd Chance (workforce training programs), Marian House and Caroline Center (women’s shelter stays).
- Teacher Retention: A Comparison of Maryland Professional Development Schools (PDS) Program Graduates with Recipients of Maryland Certification Through Other Qualifying Paths
Data on education graduates from 2001-2006 was provided to JFI by all University System of Maryland (USM) institutions, both undergraduate and graduate. USM was interested in K-12 teacher retention in PDS as well as non-PDS graduates. JFI matched graduates with the Maryland UI Wage records, as well as regional, surrounding states administrative datas and Federal employment in order to determine graduate career paths.
- Civility Study: A Joint Effort between Dr. P.M. Forni’s Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins University and the Jacob France Institute
In a collaborative research project, JFI and Dr. P.M. Forni sought to determine a “Top Ten” listing of rude behaviors. Thirty examples of rude behavior were posed in an online survey to respondents, each linked to a five point Likert scale ranging from 1 (Not Offensive) to 5 (Most Offensive). Respondents were asked to indicate the degree to which they personally considered each behavior offensive.
The survey was distributed to the University of Baltimore community, as well as staff from the Baltimore firms of EA Engineering Science and Technology, and Life Bridge Health in May 2007. A total of 615 respondents completed the survey, and the “Top Ten” acts of rudeness were compiled.
- Additional Collaborations
JFI has collaborated with the following institutions of higher education on various research projects: University of MD System Institutions, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Morgan State University, Georgetown University, and the University of Pennsylvania – Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy.
- The Business Case for Sustained Investment in the MD LDS Center Research Capacity
- National Governor’s Association Meeting Presentation: MD Longitudinal Data System
- College and Workforce Outcome of Baltimore County Public School Students after Graduation
- Anatomy of a One-Stop: One Stop Career Center Study
- The Baltimore Workforce Civility Study