Preparing a traditional university for the 60-year curriculum
The relationship between higher education and the needs of industry training has been growing closer for some time, but especially in this strong economy. Amazon’s recent announcement of plans to re-train a third of its workforce is a significant marker of which higher education institutions should take note. Continuous learning offerings will be a critical element of institutions of all types, not just the ones with current workforce development arms. The Amazon announcement, and those like it, point to a number of societal issues that require the attention of higher education. Among a number of other factors, this shift is brought on by a growing complexity of skills in the information age and a changing demographic.