As of last Friday, it’s official: Skill-based hiring practices are the new normal at the nation’s largest employer (the federal government). On June 26, President Trump signed an executive order implementing “merit-based reforms that will replace degree-based hiring with skills- and competency-based hiring.” In this post, we’ll consider what this means for higher education and how a common skills language can help connect students, educators, and employers.
Recent survey data from Strada Education Network demonstrates that Americans increasingly prioritize education that is skill-specific and work-relevant. In this period of disruptive transformation, institutions that adapt to these evolving trends will have the best chance of maintaining strong enrollment. That’s why we created SkillsMatch – a powerful new way to help lifelong learners identify and fill skill gaps so they can achieve their goals.
A few years ago, we published an article on the top states where the top-earning welders make the most money: which states boast the highest welder salaries? How much do welders make per hour in each state? The original version of our article turned out to be so popular, we decided to review the data and update it. Plus, with many people returning to higher education to upskill or change their field of work due to current economic upheavals, it’s good to remember that it doesn’t always take a four-year degree to land a good career and comfortable income.
In recent weeks, there has been no shortage of pundits and experts weighing in on the impacts of COVID-19. But new data from Strada Education Network’s nationally representative survey gives voice to the perspective of everyday Americans on how the pandemic is affecting their lives, especially in regards to work and education. In this post, we’ll look at highlights from the survey findings and suggest resources to help put these insights into action.
While much remains uncertain about the long-term economic impacts of COVID-19, we can be confident that colleges and universities will have a crucial role to play in their community’s resilience and recovery. To help your institution think about how to prepare for the opportunities ahead, Emsi hosted a webinar with Luke Jankovic (EVP of Higher Education) and Dr. Stuart Muller (Sr. Higher Education Consultant). In this post, we recap their discussion and provide links to free resources.
Recent events have pushed virtually all of higher education to move their programs online–including colleges who hadn’t planned on making that move for quite some time. This rapid shift to remote learning has highlighted some of the distinct advantages of online programs, but it has also created new challenges for those who provide advising and offer student support services.