Our response to COVID19

The QA Commons is mindful of the dramatic and transformational impact COVID-19 is having on all institutions of higher education. As an organization, we are adapting our services to support preparing graduates for the workplace that is now changing more precipitously than ever.


Employer Engagement

Developing Market-Relevant Curricula and Credentials: Employer Engagement for Community Colleges in Partnerships

A 2012 paper by Corporation for a Skilled Workforce discussing the importance of postsecondary institutions more deeply engaging their business partners and suggesting how colleges can deeply engage employers as strategic partners. Includes a list of suggestions for “Overcoming Challenges to Engaging Employers.”

Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a national non-profit that builds educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations in the United States. JFF develops innovative programs and public policies that increase college readiness and career success and build a more highly skilled, competitive workforce.

Understanding & Developing the Pathways for Beneficial University–Industry Engagement: The Partnership Continuum 

This document describes The Partnership Continuum, a new way of thinking about the myriad ways in which academia, industry, and government can interact for mutual benefit, often in ways which contribute to national growth.

Guidance for Business and Higher Education Partnerships

Key ideas from the 2017 CAEL Conference with CAEL’s Business Champions.

Toolkit for Building Successful Community College-Employer Partnerships

A toolkit from the Washington DC-based, non-profit, public-policy organization, The Brookings Institution.

Learning to Work; Working to Learn

A joint offering from the Strada Education Network & the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation that seeks to answer,  “How do we set students up for success so that they can complete degree programs that lead to promising career pathways?”

Engaging Employers in a Cross-Sector Postsecondary Attainment Agenda

This brief from Equal Measure and Lumina Foundation discusses how to effectively and authentically engage employers, and the unique ways that employers can contribute to postsecondary attainment initiatives.

Higher Education and Employability: New Models for Integrating Study and Work

A 2015 Harvard Education Press offering by Peter Stokes.

What Graduates Need to Succeed: Colleges & Employers Weigh In

A free downloadable report from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Employers highly value internships and experience. There is also consensus between colleges and employers that internships and work programs greatly improve the chances of becoming a successful employee. However, there is a disconnect between the number of employers and colleges that say they’ve partnered with each other to create these programs. In this report you will learn how different programs can help students find employment in today’s labor market.

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