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Leading Ahead of the Change: How Higher Education Can Bridge the Skills Gap


Leading Ahead of the Change White Paper

How can higher education address the “skills gap” where U.S. companies are struggling with shortages of skilled workers?

Nearly 7 out of 10 U.S. companies are struggling with talent shortages—the highest number in more than a decade. In addition, there’s a growing demand for soft skills such as problem-solving and emotional intelligence—skills that 90 percent of hiring managers believe are just as important as hard skills. What can higher education do to address these needs?

In this white paper, Dr. Susan Aldridge discusses upskilling and reskilling, learning that can help professionals expand skills in their existing fields or learn skills to make a change to new fields. Read this white paper to dive into topics such as:

  • How two-thirds of jobs require high to moderate digital skills
  • The critical demand for soft skills and why they are hard to find
  • How institutions can solve the upskilling/reskilling challenge through online certificate programs and micro-credentialling.

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About the author

Dr. Susan Aldridge

Dr. Susan C. Aldridge is an internationally recognized higher education consultant to university presidents and foreign ministers of education. She served six years as the president of the University of Maryland Global Campus, ten years at Troy University leaving as vice chancellor of the Global Campus, and recently retired after six years as president of Drexel University Online. Learn more about her at drsusanaldridge.com.