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Mathieu Plourde

The Quant Crunch: How the Demand for Data Science Skills Is Disrupting the Job Market - 0 views

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    "This report is the result of a research partnership between Burning Glass Technologies, BHEF, and IBM, motivated by the need to close the data science and analytics skills gap through data driven insights and increased collaboration between higher education and industry. It defines the data science and analytics (DSA) landscape, presents research findings about the skill gap, adds context to the DSA jobs and skills that are disrupters, and offers recommendations to alleviate the DSA talent shortage."
Mathieu Plourde

After decades of pushing bachelor's degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople | PBS NewsHour - 0 views

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    ""I'm a survivor of that teardown mode of the '70s and '80s, that college-for-all thing," he said. This has had the unintended consequence of helping flatten out or steadily erode the share of students taking vocational courses. In California's community colleges, for instance, it's dropped to 28 percent from 31 percent since 2000, contributing to a shortage of trained workers with more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree."
Mathieu Plourde

NUS at ASU GSV: Radical Affordability at all Stages of the Degree and Career Cycle | Na... - 0 views

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    "The National University System, for example, is developing  a variety of initiatives aimed at bringing down the cost of a degree, including through FlexCourse?, a teaching and learning platform that offers faculty-supported, variably-paced online degree programs at an affordable price point of $8,500 annual tuition. The platform is initially being offered in conjunction with John F. Kennedy University, through JFKU Online --  both part of the National University System."
Mathieu Plourde

Georgetown University - Center on Education and the Workforce - Reports - 0 views

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    "CEW explores the links between education, career preparation, and workplace demands. Our research focuses on jobs, skills, and equity with the goal of better aligning education and training with workforce and labor market demand."
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Nonprofit National University System launching workforce development arm - 0 views

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    "Graham said Georgetown University research on undereducated workers and "opportunities to upskill them" was a major impetus behind Workforce Education Solutions. The unit is working with industry and NUS academic leaders to reduce friction for workers looking to get more education, potentially for promotions or transfers  - a necessity for employers, too, as their managers retire."
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Seven of the Nation's Most Innovative Universities Team-Up to Close Gap Between College... - 0 views

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    "Career services are a natural evolution of focus for the student success movement. If we abandon low-income or first-generation students at graduation with a poorly designed handoff between college-to-career, we risk failing to deliver on the full promise of higher education," said Dr. Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance. "Strada Education Network understands that innovation starts with listening to, and understanding, the perspective of students. This project is about providing career services professionals with the capacity and time to redesign career readiness in order to better prepare students for an increasingly dynamic future of work.""
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Working in Non-Harvard Higher Ed - 0 views

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    "The well-being of public college instructors is far more important to national life than anything that happens at Harvard."
Mathieu Plourde

On Academic Precarity - Ali Colleen Neff, PhD - 0 views

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    "If you are thinking of getting out, my advice to you, for what it's worth, is: get out. Even if you get that tenure track job, it's not the thing you thought it was going to be. When you are getting paid this little, you might be able to wiggle the freedom to walk away"
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Equipping people to stay ahead of technological change - Learning and earning - 0 views

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    "Not everyone will successfully navigate the shifting jobs market. Those most at risk of technological disruption are men in blue-collar jobs, many of whom reject taking less "masculine" roles in fast-growing areas such as health care. But to keep the numbers of those left behind to a minimum, all adults must have access to flexible, affordable training. The 19th and 20th centuries saw stunning advances in education. That should be the scale of the ambition today."
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3 Ways to Realign Higher Education With Today's Workforce - 0 views

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    "While 96% of chief academic officers of colleges and universities believe that their institutions are very or somewhat effective at preparing students for the workforce, only 11% of business leaders strongly agree."
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A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree - 0 views

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    "Mr. Bridges represents a new but promising category in the American labor market: people working in so-called new-collar or middle-skill jobs. As the United States struggles with how to match good jobs to the two-thirds of adults who do not have a four-year college degree, his experience shows how a worker's skills can be emphasized over traditional hiring filters like college degrees, work history and personal references. And elevating skills over pedigree creates new pathways to employment and tailored training and a gateway to the middle class."
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We Need a Better Way to Visualize People's Skills - 1 views

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    "How can companies get a better idea of which skills employees and job candidates have? While university degrees and grades have done that job for a long time, they've done it imperfectly. In today's rapidly evolving knowledge economy, badges, nanodegrees, and certificates have aimed to bridge the gap - but also leave a lot to be desired. While HR departments are eager for better "people analytics," that concept is still fuzzy. And simply collecting data is not enough - to be used, data has to be presented usefully."
Mathieu Plourde

How Technology Will Change the Demand for Teachers - 0 views

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    " I'm sure many teachers would happily outsource homework grading and assessment to the droids. Blended learning will likely continue to make advances across classrooms as a substitution of teachers' time, though I see it unlikely to dominate instruction, particularly in elementary grades."
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The Great Skill Recession - 0 views

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    "he rate of unemployment still stands stubbornly close to 8 per cent, while millions of unemployed workers have given up looking for jobs, taking them out of the official statistics of the jobless. Yet, the US Labor Department shows 3 million jobs requiring special skills that remain unfilled. "
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The Top 10 Soft Skills Employers Look for Most - 0 views

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    "One way of defining these workplace skills is to consider what employers actually ask for in job postings. Based on Burning Glass Technologies' analysis of millions of job postings, one in every three skills cited in job ads is a "baseline" skill - that is, skills that aren't specific to any particular kind of job but rather that are requested by employers across the board. (Most of these are soft skills, though the analysis also includes skills like Microsoft Office that are so common as to be considered core to employability in the modern workplace.) A worker who has these in addition to technical skills is going to be welcome anywhere."
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This Is the Biggest Predictor of Career Success - 0 views

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    ""According to multiple, peer-reviewed studies, simply being in an open network instead of a closed one is the best predictor of career success," he writes. "In fact, the study shows that half of the predicted difference in career success (i.e., promotion, compensation, industry recognition) is due to this one variable.""
Mathieu Plourde

Online Skills Are Hot, But Will They Land You a Job? - WSJ - 1 views

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    " Course providers like Udemy and Lynda.com, along with coding boot camps and massive open online courses (MOOCs) such as edX and Coursera, promise to refresh workers' skills or help them acquire expertise they didn't get in college. But those new credentials don't carry much weight in hiring yet, recruiters say, because managers don't trust or recognize many of the companies and organizations behind the badges and courses."
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Social Media for Academics: Mark Carrigan: 9781446298695: wordery.com - 0 views

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    "Overview - Find out how to further your academic career by learning how to publicise your academic work, managing your online identity and demonstrating impact through social media."
Mathieu Plourde

We Can't Train Students for the "Real World" - 1 views

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    "I cannot train them for something that doesn't exist, but I can help them build a set of skills and experiences that will make them flexible and self-regulating."
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