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Democracy's Colleges: An Emerging Alternative

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.26.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

In the changing landscape of work and higher education there are signs of an emerging alternative to Ivory Tower detachment or scrambles to adapt.

Three Ways to Fix Our Broken Training System

Alexis Ringwald | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business
Alexis Ringwald

The current model for educating and preparing our workforce is broken. Today's rapidly changing economies require something different.

Youth Employment: A Pathway to Economic Growth and Better Lives

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

An important nuance in the jobs-higher education link is the impact on young people. In today's America, twice as many youth are unemployed than adults. The number is even higher for young men and women of color.

New Year, New Chance to Tackle the Old Problem of Workplace Inequality

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Susan Bulkeley Butler

January always presents a fresh start to tackle old problems. And unfortunately, we still have our work cut out for us going into 2015 when it comes to tackling the problem of gender inequality in the workplace, according to a just-released report from Pew Research.

Even Before Free College, Three Reasons Why 2015 Will be the Year of Higher Education Reform

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Real change needs more. Systemic change needs forces beyond individuals, individual programs, beyond even enlightened leaders. It needs the ground to shift. It needs larger planets to align.

We Need Schools to Be Different

Scott McLeod | Posted 12.22.2014 | Education
Scott McLeod

There are a lot of different things going on in schools and they're all important. But remedying the relevance disconnect between school and society is the most important educational and equity work of all.

Is Your Head of HR Thinking About Supply Chain Management?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Julian L. Alssid

Amidst what seems like 1,000 panel discussions in 1,000 Washington, DC conference rooms every month, a truly revolutionary idea for unlocking business growth emerged from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just before Thanksgiving.

National Service and My Brother's Keeper

The Corps Network | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
The Corps Network

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO, The Corps Network This post was originally published on The Corps Network's website. Recently released repo...

Why the U.S. Needs More Apprenticeship (and Less Cowbell)

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Emad Rizkalla

Apprenticeships are still sometimes seen as a novelty instrument and are also vastly underutilized. The reality is that apprenticeship models deserve far more respect. While they might be a little out of synch and disruptive, that is exactly what the system need.

Workplace Moneyball -- Your Best Players Aren't Who You Think They Should Be

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Julian L. Alssid

What I am saying is it is time to bring the same level of focused attention to these adults as we do to our traditional coming-of-age students.

The Shape of a Radically Pragmatic College Education

Jayson Boyers | Posted 12.23.2014 | College
Jayson Boyers

The transformation in higher education is already here; the question is how learning institutions respond.

Getting Down to Business on Workforce Preparation

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

While the Great Recession is officially over, many Americans are still struggling to regain their economic footing. One way to get our country on a sound path to recovery is a focus on better preparing our students for success in the workforce.

The Corporate Case for Mentoring the Grads of Life

David B. Shapiro | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
David B. Shapiro

Private-sector engagement in mentoring youth and young employees is a smart investment in boosting labor force participation rates and increasing our nation's ability to compete in the 21st century global economy.

A Vibrant City and Its Ex-Incarcerated Population

Project Return | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Project Return

Nashville, like many American metropolises, turned its back on its river for years. Never mind that it was an inextricable part of the physical Nashville make-up, and that it would never leave us. But a fundamental shift occurred. A 180-degree turn, to be specific.

Chief Culture Officer Business Case

Val Jon Farris | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Val Jon Farris

While our technology is advancing rapidly into the stratosphere of "automated clouds," none of us likes the vaporous experience of being jerked around by a litany of automated phone options that never lead to what we really need. And what is that?

Help People With Disabilities Tap Their Abilities

René Bryce-Laporte | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
René Bryce-Laporte

While some people's disabilities are so significant that they will never be able to work, many people with disabilities can, with some reasonable accommodations, earn more, keep more of what they earn and even build assets for the future. How to make that happen?

Committed Citizens Make for Effective Intentional Partnerships

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

Education is not an exclusive commodity to be brokered only to the privileged -- and should not be treated as such. As a public institution we are here to serve everyone. Rich. Poor. Old. Young. That's why intentional partnerships matter.

Getting Back to What Really Matters to the American People

Rep. Suzan DelBene | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Rep. Suzan DelBene

We have seen that smart investments in workforce-development initiatives, backed by strong accountability measures, can deliver the kind of broad-based prosperity that Americans remember from the 1990s. It's time for Congress to get back to making those investments a priority.

Why Continuing Education Means a Partnership for Economic Growth

Jayson Boyers | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Jayson Boyers

Businesses should consider the ROI of academic programs related to their growth areas and what it could mean to the success of their model. Schools will have to move boldly toward hybrid classes -- whatever may drive the best outcomes towards preparing students for the modern economy.

Taking the Skills Crisis Into Our Own Hands

Vince Bertram | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Vince Bertram

It is critical that we take America's skills crisis into our own hands. We have the opportunity to change course by engaging students in STEM learning and training the next generation workforce that America will rely on. Early adopters of this strategy are reaping the benefits.

Jobless On Labor Day

Carla Javits | Posted 11.01.2014 | Business
Carla Javits

Given our national obsession with work, employment means a lot for not just our pocketbooks, but also our dignity and place in society. From my perspective, the bottom line for the American Dream is inclusion in the workforce.

America's Labor of Love

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Our nation was built on several principles, including the desire for democracy, the ideal of self-reliance and the importance of hard work. That emphasis on skilled labor has become a cornerstone of the U.S. workforce.

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.26.2014 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

The curricula for competency-based programs as a whole are purpose-built to prepare students for industry and careers as they evolve

Addressing the Workforce Education Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 10.06.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

You may have heard the term "skills gap" used to describe the disparity between those who are unemployed looking for a job and companies with jobs looking for employees, but you may not be as familiar with the term "education gap" as it relates to the workforce.

5 Best Practices for Workforce Productivity

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 09.14.2014 | Small Business
Emad Rizkalla

Every employer hopes to maximize the labor of his or her workforce but, like all aspects of business, it's harder than it seems at first blush. Here are five keys I've discovered for increasing productivity no matter what the size or shape of an organization.