ERIC Number: EJ997489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec-10
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To Close the Skills Gap, Re-Value the Associate Degree
Custodia-Lora, Noemi; Glenn, Lane A.; Legg, David R.
New England Journal of Higher Education, Dec 2012
A number of economists, policymakers, elected officials, and employers cite a "skills gap" as the reason the nation is not putting more people back to work. The problem, they reason, is that too many people have the wrong skills for today's jobs, and colleges and universities are not doing enough to prepare people with the right skills. The idea of a skills gap is tempting to buy into, and using higher education resources as a swift means of filling the gap seems to make some sense on the surface. However, before making radical changes to state systems of higher education to fix a short-term problem, it is worth taking a closer look at the nature of that problem, and at alternatives that might better serve everyone--students, job seekers, employers, colleges, and state governments--in the long run. The authors argue that if educators reevaluate the associate degree, they can begin to address the skills gap and build a stronger, more efficient, and effective ladder of educational and career opportunity across New England.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Job Training, Associate Degrees, Job Skills, Employment Qualifications, Two Year Colleges, Labor Force Development, Industry, Biological Sciences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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