How can skills mapping help prove the value of higher education?

How can skills mapping help prove the value of higher education?

Reported by Education Dive, The University of South Florida is reverse-engineering online job descriptions in order to determine the skills gaps that exist within their existing degree program curriculum.

This means utilizing job data to determine the most frequently requested skills from target occupations, and then mapping course curriculum to make sure their degree programs are not only producing graduates with those skills, but explicitly calling them out to help defend the value of higher education.

The takeaway? While many institutions are making great strides in collaborating with employers as they design their degree programs, this next step of mapping curriculum to specific job skills almost skips competency-based learning straight to a defendable skills-based learning curriculum that’s still part of the broader liberal arts degree program.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.