Despite the challenges institutions face, many have achieved success through carefully developed strategies that seek to address our nation’s workforce needs. Public universities should maintain their commitment to broad educational goals and simultaneously renew our commitment and responsiveness to students and the nation’s workforce needs. This requires institutions to consider strategies to engage with at least three stakeholders: students, employers, and policymakers.
The APLU Ready for Jobs, Careers, and a Lifetime report provides institutions with research regarding the needs facing our students, communities, and nation with attention to both the challenges and opportunities institutions will face to meet these needs. The report also urges public universities to reaffirm their commitment and responsiveness with strategies aimed at preparing students to meet the workforce and social problems of our time.
APLU will work with its members to continue development of promising and innovative strategies that prepare students for employment as we work to increase the number of graduates.