HEPC 2012 - Working with business leaders and responding to changing workforce needs

One of the many imperatives faced by higher education is the need to work with the leaders of business and industry to ensure graduates are prepared for changing opportunities and demands of employment. In the context of increased economic uncertainty and the growing importance of education, this imperative takes on even greater urgency.

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) conducts research on three core topics—jobs, skills, and people—with the goal of better aligning education and training with workforce and labor market demands. Dr. Nicole Smith, Senior Economist at CEW and part of a team that maps, forecasts, and monitors human capital needs and development in the U.S. will highlight findings from a report that projects education demand for occupations in the U.S. economy through 2020.

Since the 1980s, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) has been a leading national business organization actively involved in education policy. Viewing students as future leaders and citizens as well as workers, CED sees improving educational outcomes as vital to individual and civic development as well as economic growth. Charles Kolb, past president of CED, will highlight recommendations from CED’s new report, “Boosting Postsecondary Education Performance,” which focuses on revitalizing the American postsecondary education system.

Charles Kolb, President, French-American Foundation;
formerly President of the Committee for Economic Development

Nicole Smith, Senior Economist, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

David L. Buhler, Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education

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Friday, August 10, 2012
Presented by: 
Charles Kolb and Nicole Smith
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