Skill-Related Highlights for Higher Ed Leaders
To help you keep up with the national conversation, we’ve aggregated some of the recent articles, policy recommendations, and news stories that shed light on the significance of skill-level insights for the future of learning and work. The US Chamber released a set of policy recommendations aimed at addressing the nation’s growing “jobs gap.” Their proposed agenda touches on issues ranging from apprenticeships to immigration reform. Equipped with the right tools, faculty can help students consciously develop the fundamental human and technical skills they need to confidently enter the job market. According to the author, Harvard economist David Deming, one effect of our increasing ability to automate routine tasks is that, “remaining job tasks are increasingly open-ended and require workers to make decisions and adapt to unforeseen circumstances, which explains why employers consistently rate problem-solving and critical thinking as the most essential needs among new hires.” Deming’s findings reinforce what we have seen in previous research projects and work with groups like NAFSA and America Succeeds: human skills are in-demand skills. As Deming notes in his abstract, “a substantial share of this shift is explained by increased employment in decision intensive occupations, which have longer and more gradual periods of earnings growth.” This research has at least two implications for higher education: • None It illuminates the value of surfacing “soft skills” like as they are cultivated through various (sometimes underappreciated) dimensions of the college experience.
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