Emerging technologies are changing the skills that employers need most. This disruption has made lifelong learning essential for continuous success, creating opportunities for higher education institutions to support learners throughout their careers.
In a new article published on Inside Higher Ed, Jay Hatcher, vice president of business development, Wiley University Services, examines four trends that can foster growth for universities in 2020 and beyond. Read the article to explore the benefits of:
- Partnering with businesses to close their skills gaps.
The number of employers who said their organization has a skills gap increased from 52 percent in 2018 to 64 percent in 2019. Universities can help reverse this trend by working with businesses to fulfill their talent needs. These partnerships deliver insights for developing courses and programs that prepare workers for highly valued roles.
- Embracing AI to personalize the student journey.
Some higher education professionals worry that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) will diminish the personal connection that learners develop with universities. However, AI actually bolsters personalization by leveraging a wealth of data to engage students on their terms. By learning the myriad benefits that AI offers to institutions, administrators will discover ways to tailor support for every step of the student journey.
- Defining competency-based education.
While competency-based education (CBE) can help students graduate more quickly, universities often approach CBE in different ways, creating inconsistency and confusion in the education market. For this model to gain traction, universities will need to work together to develop uniform standards for measuring competencies and awarding credit for work experience.
- Taking a learner-centric approach to program design.
Rapid technological change has made lifelong learning essential for a successful career. Universities can help people commit to continuous development by taking a learner-centric approach to education. This approach focuses on making it easier to join classes, manage costs, and thrive in programs.
Read the full article for an in-depth review of each of these topics.