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Gatherings like
the TechHire
roundtable last
fall in Chicago
enable workers
to connect with
opportunities to
gain new skills
and meet with
others who are
navigating the
ever-changing
labor market.

There are work-arounds in the existing system of higher
education (see "Our Stories" on page 32). But today,
more than ever, the system needs to evolve to allow
everyone to be able to work, learn, and earn to their full
potential in a dynamic economy. As such, institutions
of higher education can and should continue to step up
and take positive action to ensure success for students.
The power of educational institutions can unlock the
full economic potential of many who can take advantage
of lifelong learning. Educators can fuel a talent boom,
enabling millions of people to acquire skills they need
to thrive in the modern workforce. They can encourage
and support people in all stages of their careers as they
seek new capabilities, helping them continue to reskill
as technology demands increasingly complex skill sets.
And they can collaborate with other colleges and universities, nonprofits, and employers to develop innovative ways to finance education-both from the student's
and the institution's perspective-allowing people from
all backgrounds to participate in one of the world's main
engines for economic mobility.

B est P ractices
How to build an outcomes-focused higher education ecosystem
encouraging lifelong learning:
n■ De-emphasize college rankings that reward low acceptance rates;

instead, invest in access, enrollment, faculty, and systems that enable
more students to learn and succeed.
n■ Create programs compatible with lifelong learning, including flexible

schedules and competency-based, rather than credit-based, degrees.
n■ Connect with and solicit feedback from employers on which skills are

most valuable to them.

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Yet, many of these potential gains are currently left
on the table, creating a challenging reality. The global
labor market will stagnate without robust pathways for
individuals to constantly upskill and reskill throughout
their careers. While some international institutions are
hard at work to address this problem, education institutions globally can and should do more to ensure a bright
future for all adult learners.

Learning vs. Selection:
The Role of Higher Education
Besides the vital missions of research and scholarship,
higher education institutions effectively play two major
roles in society: to help students learn, improving their
skills as thinkers, communicators, and problem solvers
both broadly and in specific disciplines; and to sort, credential, and signal their graduates' status with degrees,
rankings, and academic pedigree.
Right now, colleges and universities are incentivized
to focus on the latter role. Along with students and
parents, some institutions of higher education are overly
responsive to an entrenched set of college rankings led
by publications in the United States and abroad. The
emphasis on rankings that sort based on exclusionary
criteria can and have, in many instances, led colleges
and universities to focus on incentives that are perceived
as counter productive.
College rankings can encourage universities to focus
on selectivity, even as society needs to impart skills to
millions more people than are currently a part of the
higher education system. Imagine a college or university
that chooses to expand its enrollment to lower-income
students, investing in more teaching faculty instead of
buildings, amenities, and laboratories. It will have driven
up its acceptance rate, thereby risking a fall in the allimportant rankings.

COURTESY OPPORTUNITY@WORK

A Rapidly Changing World



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2018

From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: China
Quick Questions
Feature: Global Citizenship 2.0: Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality
Feature: Lifelong Learning: Higher Education for a World of Speed and Scale
Feature: Internationalization Best Practices: Lessons Learned
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
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