April 16, 2017

The Future of Work

In the eyes of many students and their parents today, higher education is tied to a job. And yet the world of work is poised to undergo a number of dramatic changes over the next 10 years. The Chronicle’s latest report, The Future of Work: How Colleges Can Prepare Students for the Jobs Ahead, features predictions from economists and technology experts on the labor market; insight from employers on the skills they are looking for among recent college graduates; thoughts from college administrators on how career services must change; and more.

This page features Chronicle articles and videos about the path from college to work, innovative programs that give students real-world experience, and other topics to supplement the report.

At a rural high school in Washington State, courses like electronics and exercise science engage rather than divert students.

The university, entwined with Silicon Valley, develops innovative students with a synergy that has been summarized as "one plus one equals four."

Colleges’ career centers need to reposition themselves to be more effective, says Michael Sciola, associate vice president for institutional advancement and career initiatives at Colgate University.

Colleges are teaching undergraduates how to be self-starters. But what does that really mean?

Institutions gamble on free-for-all tool shops as engines of entrepreneurship.

Paul Quinn College, in Dallas, is the first urban institution to adopt the work-college model, in which students’ labor both educates them and keeps the campus going.

Both liberal-arts values and job training beyond the campus have a place in undergraduate education, as some colleges are showing.

Students at the U. of Oregon, acting as consultants, test ways to help nearby cities. The idea is spreading.