October 23, 2016

Next: The Innovation Issue

Providing career services for college students has become a hot business — even if many colleges themselves haven't yet figured that out. Students, parents, and employers have made it clear that they expect colleges to do more to prepare students for a job market that's rapidly evolving. Meanwhile, a growing number of private companies are stepping into the void, offering boot camps that help students develop marketable skills, networks of mentors, and other success strategies. Some are working in partnership with colleges. This special report on innovation examines some of the career-counseling efforts underway — by colleges, start-ups, and collaborations between the two. Nervousness over the economy and questions about the value of a college degree have contributed to growing expectations that colleges must make career services a priority. One thing is clear: In today's economy, waiting until senior year to start thinking about a job won't work.

Today’s students expect more help finding a job than ever before. Colleges — and companies — are trying to help them design their futures.

As the traditional system of evaluating colleges is increasingly criticized as out of touch with the needs of students and employers, reformers seize a new model.

Higher education must show students how to adapt to the fast-evolving 21st-century economy before outside ventures step in and do it for them. Here’s where to start.

The way companies evaluate job candidates is evolving, and the certifications that liberal-arts colleges offer must evolve as well.

Examples from innovative colleges suggest that one key step in improving career prospects is for colleges and employers to collaborate in deeper ways.

Artificial intelligence has become more widespread in higher education.

Visualizations of survey responses show the university where its students feel they belong and where they don’t.

An experiment at Carnegie Mellon University hints at a new world of networked devices. But we’re not there yet.

What worked 20 years ago might not work now, and those methods will only become more precarious as our technologically infused future gradually arrives.

This is how colleges — and their students — can benefit from the findings of user-experience teams.

Colleges too often plunge into innovative strategies without thinking about how much they will cost.

What if, in the next wave of innovation in online learning, colleges tried to provide what students really needed?

Practices from the software-development world can be adapted to disrupt undergraduate education’s "seat time equals learning" model.

Research shows that powerful emotions like awe contribute to lasting knowledge. Two psychologists ask: Can those feelings be evoked from a distance?

The group Excelencia in Education recognizes programs that benefit Latino students. Those practices could help others, too.