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Higher Education And Employability: New Models For Integrating Study And Work

Peter Stokes (Huron Consulting Group, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 2:30pm
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
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Practical Application
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Southern Hemisphere II
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45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 8
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What should colleges and universities be doing differently to assist their students in preparing for the world of work? This session sets out to answer this question by exploring how discussions about educational outcomes have become increasingly focused on career outcomes, as well as by considering what this means for diverse education and talent development stakeholders. Today, colleges and universities find themselves facing new pressure to foster work readiness among their students, whether they serve traditional undergraduates or working adults, whether their programs are delivered on-campus, online, or in a variety of hybrid formats. But of course, institutions cannot bear this responsibility alone. Employers must be prepared to collaborate with institutions to support better career outcomes. This session examines employability initiatives at a select number of institutions that underscore the vital importance of collaboration between institutions and employers in supporting work readiness though the effective integration rigorous academic programs with meaningful career preparation. More particularly, this presentation considers the diverse opportunities for institutional-employer partnerships – to support curriculum design, experiential learning, effective career services, and more – that can enhance outcomes for students, employers, and colleges and universities alike.

Lead Presenter

Peter Stokes, Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group

Peter works with college and university leaders to assist them in setting strategy to support institutional differentiation, growth, expansion, and improved performance. He has worked with hundreds of institutions across the U.S. and globally to support their efforts to reach new audiences and achieve compelling student outcomes by focusing on work readiness and employability, competency-based education models, online learning, adaptive learning, geographic expansion, internationalization, and non-traditional student markets. Prior to joining Huron Education, Peter served at the Vice President for Global Strategy and Business Development at Northeastern University, where he also previously served as the Executive Director for Postsecondary Innovation with the College of Professional Studies. Peter has also held the position of Executive Director within the higher education practice at Russell Reynold Associates, a global executive search firm, and served at Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer at Eduventures, Inc.