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For Texas College Students, a New Employment Push: Soft Skills

4.27.18

As part of an initiative in the state of Texas to improve student outcomes, over 300 instructors and administrators gathered to discuss practices that increase graduates’ acquisition of nontechnical skills and improve job placement. Conversations included initiatives to recognize students’ competencies in various marketable skills, provide information on alumni long-term employment trends, and increase the availability of career services.
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The Essential Employability Qualities Certification: Assuring Graduates Are Prepared for the 21st Century Workforce

4.27.18

The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher & Postsecondary Education (QA Commons) aims to close the gaps that exist between higher education institutions and employers (e.g. skills gaps and misalignment between employers’ needs and student preparation). The QA Commons has begun to develop an Essential Employability Qualities Certification (EEQ CERT) to better signal to employers and students what value and skills a program provides to its graduates.
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Technical or Cultural Courses? Students Need Both

4.26.18

In order to truly prepare students to meet the workforce needs of the future, higher education must become more interdisciplinary by providing students with cultural literacy, technical education, and real-world experience.
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College Wasn’t Designed Around Student Success. Here’s How to Fix It

4.26.18

A consortium of 11 public research universities known as the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) has been working together to increase the completion rates of their diverse learners through the sharing of information, resources, and best practices. The UIA has increased graduation rates for low-income students by 25%, and this article shares three challenges they have faced and overcome along the way.
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Addressing Needs of Underserved Students Requires Myriad Perspectives

4.26.18

As part of a panel at the American Council on Education’s (ACE) conference, higher education leaders discussed ways to better serve students of color and those from low-income backgrounds. Included in the discussion are the importance of understanding students’ individual contexts and focusing on quality assurance.
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