May 18, 2020 by Remie Verougstraete
Recent survey data from Strada Education Network demonstrates that Americans increasingly prioritize education that is skill-specific and work-relevant. And while the COVID pandemic is no doubt accelerating and amplifying this trend, earlier research suggests these changes are part of a long-term shift, not just a short-term crisis response.
In this period of disruptive transformation, institutions that adapt to the evolving needs and preferences of learners will have the best chance of maintaining strong enrollment. That’s why we created SkillsMatch.
With SkillsMatch, your institution can engage today’s learners in a way that aligns with their priorities and goals. Help current and prospective students discover relevant courses at your institution (and related job opportunities) in four basic steps:
When you use SkillsMatch, we map your curricular content to Emsi’s library of over 30,000 skills. This “skills map” is the engine that powers the SkillsMatch interface, enabling learners to explore your academic programs and courses at the skill level. We also deliver the mapping to you in an Excel file so you can see how in-demand labor market skills are distributed across the courses and programs that you offer.
In this recorded webinar, Emsi product manager Lendl Meyer demonstrates how institutions can use SkillsMatch to help adult learners bridge the gap between their past experience and future goals. You can also download the slides from the presentation.
To see what the student experience is like, you can also try out a free, public version of SkillsMatch that maps to open online courses.
Have questions about SkillsMatch? Let us know! We’d love to meet you and explore how our data can support your institution’s mission and work.