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Embedding Certifications into Bachelor’s Degrees Could Improve Transitions into the Labor Market

An interview with Karen Elzey of Workcred

May 25, 2020
There’s a growing interest in embedding industry- recognized certifications into college and university degree programs. Workcred is working on a Lumina- supported project with the goal of improving students’ transition from college to the labor market.
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COVID-19 Work and Education Survey
April 23, 2020
When faced with an economic crisis, Americans historically turn to education as a way to meet the challenge and prepare for the future. But COVID-19 has disrupted scenario, says a survey from Strada Education Network. So far, the number of people who intend to pursue more education or training as a path forward has not…
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Virtual Internship Statistics and Trends 

A 2020 COVID-19 Impact Report

April 21, 2020
A survey of current college students unveils how employers are altering their internship programs in light of the global pandemic. This report from Yello suggests that 35 percent of students who had already accepted a 2020 summer internship learned that it will now be canceled, while 24 percent were informed that their internship is going…
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Navigating Entry-Level Jobs and Internships During COVID-19

How COVID-19 Is Impacting Current College Students as They Navigate the First Phase of Their Careers

April 20, 2020
COVID-19 is making that first step into a professional career significantly more complicated for today’s college students, according to a report by RippleMatch. For 72 percent of students, the stress and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has added to the difficulty of their job search, with 74 percent stating that companies are unresponsive to job…
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Professional Certifications Offer Workers With No College Degree a Pathway to Good Jobs

Americans Need More Paths to Middle-Skills Jobs

April 17, 2020
Amid concerns about the availability of high-quality work for Americans without a postsecondary education, this analysis finds that those with professional certifications are more likely to be in “good jobs” overall. In particular, certifications appear to make a difference in helping such workers feel their job is more than a means of earning money, but…
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Creating Seamless Credit Transfers

A Parallel Higher Ed System to Support America Through and Beyond the Recession

April 8, 2020
As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on institutions and the students they serve, helping learners earn the credentials they need from the providers best suited to serve them will be a critical issue in determining how well and robustly the nation recovers. This working paper from the Christensen Institute calls for a federal stimulus to fund programs…
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Higher Ed and COVID-19

National Student Survey

April 7, 2020
Eleven percent of students who were planning to attend a four-year college before the COVID-19 outbreak now say they will go to a community college, enroll in an online college, or not go to college at all, according to a survey from SimpsonScarborough. The study is designed to show the potential impact of coronavirus on…
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Using Skills to Strengthen Regions

A comparison of Minnesota and California suggests a new way to help regions stay competitive in a fast-paced, talent-based labor market

Feb. 19, 2020
This report from Emsi shows how speaking the common language of skills can bring educators, companies, and workforce/economic developers together to address the talent needs of a specific region or industry. By combining broad labor market data with more nuanced skills cluster data, the report offers a snapshot of the existing strengths—and the shifting landscape—of…
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The Future of Work Demands High-Quality Education Beyond High School
Feb. 10, 2020
Economists, policymakers and other experts spend a great deal of time talking about the “future of work,” but in many ways, the future is already here. Profound changes are already affecting our workforce and economy, including globalization, automation, and artificial intelligence. We need to adapt to these changes by adequately investing in the education and…
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Beyond Classroom Borders

Linking Learning and Work Through Career-Relevant Instruction

Feb. 6, 2020
Higher education has made a substantial impact on society and democracy as a whole. From its nascent stages, higher education in the United States has been aimed at developing engaged, mindful, and conscientious citizens who could contribute to society. A college education has historically been lauded for the depth and breadth of knowledge students acquire…
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