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.

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.

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Reports

The Soft Skills Gap Virtual Forum

This May 2020 virtual forum can be viewed on-demand. The panelists examine the disconnect between the lessons higher ed teaches and the skills employers need, and how colleges can bridge that gap. Hosts include Goldie Blumenstyk, a Chronicle of Higher Education senior writer, Jeff Selingo, a New York Times best-selling author, and Sebastian Distefano, Adobe’s global manager of strategic development. The discussion focuses on the intersection of soft skills and digital literacy in an environment that is increasingly remote and digital. Access to the slides and the program guide are also available.

Career Ready Education

A 2019 report from the Chronicle of Higher Education: Beyond the skills gap, tools and tactics for an evolving economy. The report asserts “colleges can meet the changing demands of the economy without being overreactive or reductive. The goal isn’t to turn every institution of higher education into a job-training center, but there’s no shame in adding relevance.”

Closing the Skills Gap

A 2019 joint project of Wiley Education Services and Future Workplace, this report shares survey results from 600 human resource leaders about their hiring practices, barriers to identifying qualified candidates, and challenges that limit talent development programs. A goal of the study is to initiate a dialogue that bridges the communication gap between employers and educators.

Future of Work in America

A 2019 report from the McKinsey Global Institute that looks beneath the national numbers on automation and examines the present and potential future of work for different people and places across America.

Unlocking the Nation’s Potential

In 2018, Lumina Foundation appointed and convened a Quality Credentials Task Force comprising 22 leaders in education, policy, and workforce development. This report presents the ideas to facilitate the collaboration that is vital to building an updated, integrated system of quality assurance that will expand across and strengthen equity.

Viewpoint: The Case for Soft Skills

This 2019 article by the Society for Human Resource Management reports that firms care about soft skills because employees who possess them can directly impact a company’s bottom line.

Robot Ready

A 2017 report on findings from the Strada Institute for the Future of Work reveals opportunities for learners, learning providers, employers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to unpack human skills across careers and industries and radically transform our education-to-employment pathways.

Rethinking Employer Engagement in a Changing World

A 2019 article from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation on co-designing assessment and learning and the need to rethink employer engagement in a changing world.

Ready for Jobs

A 2018 publication of the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities asserts that broader education and employment preparation are not mutually exclusive goals, nor have they ever been. The report suggests public universities focus on both goals to best serve students, society and the economy; that they continue, decisively and with resolve, to evolve and incorporate strategies to increase student employment and career success.

New Foundational Skills for a Digital Economy

A 2019 publication of the Burning Glass Higher Education Forum presents 14 foundational skills that play major roles in the economy and in the lives of job seekers and incumbent employees.

Business Leaders Believe Students Learning Skills, But Not Those Needed to Advance

A 2019 article from Inside Higher Education reports that while business leaders are generally confident in higher education for entry-level jobs, their faith diminishes with regards to skills graduates will need to advance in the workplace.

Automate This: Building the Perfect 21st-Century Worker

Report from third way about the four skill sets that will make people successful and resilient in the new economy.

Shift Happens

Report on the shift to competency-based learning and hiring from Innovate + Educate

Employability in a Global Context: Evolving Policy and Practice in Employability, Work Integrated Learning, and Career Development Learning

Trans-national research report to answer the question “How is employability defined, driven and communicated by universities internationally?”

Building Supports for Successful Transitions Into the Workforce

Committee for Economic Development report from 2017 “listening tour” of business leaders and parents to discuss first-hand information about workplace demands and aspirations for high school graduates.

Learning for Life and Work

On March 19, 2018, the Commission on Higher Education and Employability released its final report. It details 19 recommendations, as well as strategies for stakeholders to collaborate to increase the employability of the region’s graduates.

APLU Report: Ready for Jobs, Careers, and a Lifetime

A college degree matters more than ever before. In the post-recession economy, job gains have been far better for those with college degrees than for those with only a high school degree. Students are clear that a primary purpose for enrolling in college is to get a good job and to put themselves on a path to a successful career. Employers and the public increasingly feel that universities are not doing enough to prepare students for employment. Universities feel a degree must involve a broad education, though certainly many—probably most—in the public university community agree on the need to prepare students for employment. Broader education and employment preparation are not mutually exclusive goals, nor have they ever been.

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