Higher Education and Employability

Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
October 20, 2015
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'Higher Education and Employability'
Inside Higher Ed
  • Once upon a time colleges might have done little more than put a parachute on the back of their students, stuffed them into a cannon, handed them a compass and a knife, shot them out into the labor force and wished them good luck. Today, that's not enough.
  • Peter J. Stokes's new book, Higher Education and Employability: New Models for Integrating Study and Work, argues that colleges and universities need to take seriously their role in preparing graduates for a life of work as an essential part of what they do.
  • According to Steve McLaughlin, the survival skill students need most today is the ability to create their own jobs. He calls that Drownproofing 2.0, and that’s part of the Georgia Tech mission -- to prepare students to survive and thrive in the contemporary economy, despite all the pressures new graduates face.
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Keywords: higher education, skills, employment, vocational training 
Competency-Based Education: A Powerful Way to Link Learning and the Workplace
The Evolllution
  • People outside the academy are asking: After all the money spent, what do graduates know? What can they do? Whether called “soft skills” or “durable skills” or “broad, transferable skills,” that’s what employers often care about.
  • In order for competency-based programs to meet and exceed these expectations, colleges and universities must forge closer bonds with employers and hiring managers to ensure the programming is actually serving a demand.
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Keywords: competency-based education, CBE, employment, skills, soft skills
  • Michelle Obama is continuing her push to get every young person to pursue some form of higher education. The First Lady is expected to launch a new public awareness campaign geared toward students aged 14 to 19.
  • A new website, bettermakeroom.org, will let young people post their goals and share pictures, and will point students to resources to help them research and apply to colleges. “When we define postsecondary success, we do mean a two-year degree, a four-year degree, community college, an industry-recognized certificate or credential,” said Eric Waldo, executive director of the first lady’s Reach Higher initiative. 
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Keywords: higher education, postsecondary education
Colleges alone can't solve the 'skills standoff' with employers
Inside Higher Ed
  • It appears as if higher education is suffering from double myopia: the first misconception of the system is mistaking elite universities for all colleges and universities. The second is mistaking colleges and universities for all postsecondary education.
  • A recent report serves as a corrective lens: colleges and universities represent $407 billion of the $1.1 trillion spent on postsecondary education and training, or only 37 percent of the total. In the other hand, spending on training provided by employers is nearly 50 percent greater than all college and university spending.
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Keywords: higher education, postsecondary education, employers
What Do "Future Ready" Students Look Like?
  • Preparing today's students to be college and career ready is a key challenge. Experts have identified a long list of indicators -- from content mastery to lifelong learning skills -- that are considered critical for students' future success.
  • It turns out that passion, a sense of humor, and knowing how to recover from setbacks are critical readiness factors when it comes to tackling real-world problems. 
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Keywords: global education, innovation, skills, resilience, grit
Higher Ed Disruption in Context
  • Although Second Life, MOOCs, and even badges have publicly been called "disruptions," higher education institutions have integrated these tools into existing business models without the painful changes indicative of a true market disruption. 
  • The technology itself is not the eventual source of disruption. Disruption will come from the culture that surrounds tech entrepreneurship—including a high tolerance for failure.
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Keywords: higher ed, technology, disruption, innovation
Can MOOCs Really Boost Your Career? Findings From Coursera’s First Impact Report
  • Coursera has just released results from its first longitudinal study, which asked 51,954 learners whether they enjoyed any career or educational benefits three months or more after finishing a course. 
  • Overall, 72 percent of respondents reported career benefits, and 61 percent said they enjoyed educational gains. Of the 28 percent who turned to Coursera to pursue education goals, 88 percent reported educational benefits, and 18 percent said they were able to earn credits towards a degree.
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Keywords: online education, MOOCs 
The First Goal Of Online Is Access, Not Education
The Evolllution
  • Traditional education began with education as the goal. Online learning, however, has a different one: Access, convenience and flexibility. It’s not an education-first method; it is a convenience- and effectiveness-first focus.
  • When we can all accept that education is a mature/maturing market, then we will be able to accept different modalities of education delivery and there will be no studies needed to determine what is better because we will all realize that it is a preference. Actually, more than preference, it has become a product.
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Keywords: online education, higher education
When IT No Longer Remains Anonymous—For All the Right Reasons
  • Higher education has a long history of using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and improving administrative processes. But the campus IT organization must go from anonymous offensive lineman to star skill player. 
  • In an industry that is changing so quickly, we need IT organizations not only to be supportive but also to be present at the design table, helping shape the innovation strategy for their institutions. The campus innovation agenda requires leaders to invite the IT organization into the work early and as full partners. 
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Keywords: higher education, innovation, technology, IT, business models, Paul LeBlanc
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