5 Big Ideas from the APSCU State of the Workforce Symposium

For two days, APSCU convened some of the most provocative thought leaders in postsecondary education and workforce. The result was several engaging discussions on how best to close the skills gap, align academic programming with workforce demands, and best serve today’s new traditional student.

Below are five big ideas that came out of the APSCU State of the Workforce Symposium:

1. Affordable and accessible postsecondary education is the key to student progress.

Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, said it best when he explained that “it’s not where they’re learning that’s important, it’s how well they’ve learned it.”

2. Employer-partnerships, employer-partnerships, employer-partnerships

A common theme throughout the entire event was the urgency for institutions to reach out to the businesses that hire their graduates or even the businesses that are located in your community.

3. Many jobs experiencing profound degree inflation.

Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, suggested that institutions should take a look at the hard-to-fill job openings and figure out a way to design programs that support those high-demand positions.