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ERIC Number: EJ1210316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Rethinking Federal Higher Education Policy to Support Workers and Employers in In-Demand Industries
Brown, Katie
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v51 n2 p30-33 2019
In today's economy, more than 80 percent of jobs require workers to have education or training beyond the high school level--making skills more important than ever before. However, this does not mean that employers are exclusively recruiting individuals with a four-year degree. In fact, since over half of all jobs today can be classified as "middle-skill"--requiring more than a high-school diploma but not a college degree--credentials acquired through short-term postsecondary programs are increasingly valued in the labor market. Despite the growing need for middle-skill workers, individuals looking to obtain in-demand credentials by enrolling in short-term academic or training programs tend to face barriers to success. These include lack of access to financial aid and other support services. These roadblocks are unintended consequences of longstanding federal policies that have not kept pace with the changing economic landscape, particularly under the Higher Education Act (HEA).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act 1980