Colleges are rewarded for enrollment numbers and there is increasing attention on graduation rates, yet very little if any attention is paid to student placement and earnings. Considering the massive investment required for higher education, aren't these valuable measures as well? In this session, Michael Bettersworth makes the case why degrees increasingly matter less, competencies are the real currency, and student success is about much more than enrollment numbers or graduation rates. It's also about getting a job.
Michael Bettersworth is the associate vice chancellor for technology advancement at the Texas State Technical College System. Shortly after joining TSTC in 2002, Michael founded TSTC Forecasting to identify and analyze new technical competencies needed by employers. The core purpose of this work is to improve student employability through curriculum alignment with market demand. TSTC Forecasting has published over 28 studies on emerging technologies and occupations leading to new college curriculum in nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, video games, manufacturing, healthcare among other topics. New studies are currently underway in big data, unmanned aerial systems, and social media. Michael's current work focuses on the development of a new higher education funding model based on exiter earnings, the use of real-time labor market data for curriculum alignment, college program evaluations using placement and earnings data, and curriculum development through a common skills language in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission. Michael is an unconventional thinker, an informed speaker, and a staunch advocate for the important role of education in our nation's shared prosperity.
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