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.
While COVID-19 may have accelerated the need to adapt, many of the changes that institutions are grappling with today connect to long-term shifts that predate the pandemic. In this post, we look at five of those long-term trends and consider how the new SkillsMatch platform enables institutions to adapt and respond with a personalized, skill-based approach to student engagement.
As COVID-19 accelerates the shift towards education that is skill-specific and work-relevant, 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. In this webinar, Emsi product manager, Lendl Meyer demonstrates how institutions can use SkillsMatch to engage current and prospective learners with skill-based recommendations for education and work.