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What Employers Want

As the job market struggles to recover, colleges must focus on new ways to help prepare their students for post-graduate success. How can colleges ensure that graduates will have the skills sought by employers? To find out The Chronicle surveyed companies and other employers about the needs they have now and how colleges can better ensure students are ready for the world of work.

In this virtual forum hosted by Ian Wilhelm, an assistant managing editor with The Chronicle, we will examine and discuss the survey findings with author Jeffrey Selingo and a panel of experts.

Hear how colleges can:

  • Help create a smooth transition from campus life to professional life.
  • Better align their curriculum with employer needs.
  • Address digital literacy gaps.

Panelists include:

  • Goldie Blumenstyk, Senior Writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Sebastian Distefano, Global Manager of Strategic Development, Higher Education, Adobe
  • Mary B. Marcy, President, Dominican University of California
  • Stephen Marshall, Chair, Department Media & Communication, East Tennessee State University
  • Joe May, Chancellor, The Dallas College Community District
  • Jeff Selingo, Washington Post Columnist, New York Times Best-Selling Author and Higher-Education Expert
  • Louis Soares, Chief Learning and Innovation Officer, American Council on Education
  • Todd Taylor, Adobe Pedagogical Evangelist and the Eliason Distinguished Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Lynn Wooten, President, Simmons University

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