As pioneers of competency based education and online learning, Western Governors University (WGU) has a reputation for student-centered innovation. In this case study, learn how Emsi is working with WGU on a new initiative to gain unprecedented insight into how their curricular content aligns with the skills employers value most.
As enrollment across higher education continues to decline, colleges and universities face even greater pressure to bring in new students and offer a compelling return on investment. In this environment, Widener University is proactively using labor market data to offer relevant, responsive programs and ensure long-term financial sustainability.
This weekend, Emsi is headed to the AACC convention in Orlando, FL! We’re excited to spend time with over 2,000 community college leaders, sharing best practices and exploring how data can help institutions make good decisions that drive student success. If you’ll be there too, please let us know. We’d love to connect!
Emsi economist Dr. Aaron Olanie recently hosted a webinar with Alex Lowrie, senior director for program innovation at UC Davis Extension. Lowrie gave a valuable, behind-the-scenes look at how he uses labor market data to evaluate program proposals aimed at career advancers. In particular, he highlighted the importance of going beyond job postings by looking at alumni profiles to understand skill gaps in the current workforce. In this post we summarize a few of the key takeaways and provide a recording of the webinar.
Identifying marketable skills is a key step in developing effective continuing and professional education programs. And while job postings provide valuable data on what companies expect from new hires, they don’t tell us much about the skills or training workers need to advance in the jobs they already have. Alex Lowrie, Senior Director of the Center for Program Innovation at UC Davis Extension, will address this issue in our upcoming webinar: “How UC Davis is Assessing the Market for Non-Degree Programs Targeted at Career Advancers.”
Please join our webinar “Program Review Through Labor Market Data Research” on June 27, 11:00 am PDT. Adam Fein, assistant provost for educational innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will demonstrate how you can use Emsi tools to evaluate new program offerings for your continuing online and certificate programs.