Workforce capacity and mobile access to courses: Higher ed trends to watch in 2017
- Executives from educational engagement firm Cengage are weighing in on how access and training are going to be key focus areas for higher education, and their supporting systems of finance, exposure and governance in the year to come.
- Officials say that building confidence and workforce capacity, mobile access to training and education, and accrediting credentialing modules are among the top concerns for institutions going into new eras of student diversity and access.
- Some expect for federal aid to be extended to for-profit, non-traditional learning options like bootcamps and workforce training programs.
The greatest challenge is implementing new ways to train workers and provide educational access, while accounting for the notion that most students can't afford the access and aren't prepared to take full advantage of the training systems in the classroom or beyond it.
One of the ways to address this reality is in building university partnerships with secondary districts and schools, to get students prepared for college level work and professional interests well before entering college. This helps to save money and to advance notions of how to succeed and pursue add-ons to classroom instruction.