“What are our alumni doing now that they’ve graduated?” Seems like a simple, straightforward question. But for those working in higher education it’s one that all too often goes unanswered. In this post, we’ll look at three reasons why, despite the challenges, institutions have too much to gain from quality career outcomes data to simply settle for the status quo.
Do your graduates have work opportunities waiting for them post-graduation? As students consider which program to enroll in, they want to know they’ve picked one that will give them valuable skills and lead to high-wage, in-demand jobs. That’s why it’s important for educators to begin with the end in mind when reviewing existing programs or developing new ones. Aligning programs with target occupations that are projected to grow in your region can help you offer students a high-ROI education that equips them to accomplish their career goals.
Sierra College uses Career Coach to implement guided pathways, an educational model that promotes on-time graduation and career readiness by immersing students in career discussion from day one. The college has integrated administration, staff, and faculty into the career-counseling infrastructure, so that in addition to formal career and academic planning, students have a host of informal advisers to assist them whenever the subject arises.
Good partnerships between educators and industry partners are the quintessential win-win scenario. For most institutions, the question isn’t whether to pursue these partnerships, but how. To help answer this question, Emsi is hosting a masterclass webinar on Tuesday, September 24 at 2pm EDT (11am PDT) with Jeff Spain, workforce solutions senior consultant, and Scott Wegeng, director of employer engagement and experiential learning at Columbus State Community College. Don’t miss out as they share lessons they’ve learned along the way, and get into the nuts and bolts of cultivating and maintaining industry partnerships!
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s webinar discussing the findings of the Degrees at Work report! In this post, you can watch the full webinar recording, download the slide deck, and check out the Q&A. Have questions we didn’t get to? Let us know!
Emsi is excited to announce the upcoming Workforce Collaboration Summit on September 26 in Gainesville, FL. This unique, one-day event will bring together leaders from higher education, economic and workforce development, and private industry—all with one shared mission: helping Florida’s workforce thrive in the modern economy.