Welcome

The Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy (CFHETS) is an applied research center that builds on Northeastern University’s heritage of more than a century of leadership in experiential learning and its network of more than 3,300 employer partners.

Drawing on the expertise of Northeastern faculty and affiliated industry-based scholars, CFHETS’ analysis focuses on bringing the voice and perspective of employers into the higher education community, while also serving as a research-based academic voice and resource in the world of corporate learning and talent strategy. The center is also a leader in developing and testing next generation models for employer-university collaboration.

Core Research Areas 

CFHETS’ work embraces the notion that learning happens everywhere – and that in today’s globalized knowledge economy, the boundaries are increasingly blurring between structured learning that occurs in educational institutions and learning that occurs in the workplace.

The scope of our research stretches beyond topics such as skill demands and student career preparation – to crucially also include the full scope of lifelong and on-the-job learning that is occurring in the market for experienced talent. The center’s analytical lens is also distinguished by a focus on the educational models, business models, and strategic impacts for educational systems and employers.

CFHETS’ research revolves around 5 core thematic areas:

  • The future of educational credentials and their value and use in the workplace
  • New models of partnership and curricular collaboration between colleges and employers
  • Work-based experiential learning
  • The evolution of corporate talent strategy – including learning and development, hiring and recruiting, and the emergence of people analytics
  • The convergence of skills-based hiring and competency-based education

The center’s research output manifests itself in projects with commercial employers and higher education institutions; published research reports, articles, and public speaking; consulting engagements; and implementation, technology, and policy projects. The center’s research is also integrated with and supports the educational offerings of Northeastern’s Lifelong Learning Network, College of Professional Studies, and Graduate School of Education.

CFHETS’ interdisciplinary approach and position within one of the nation’s top-ranked and most innovative research universities provides it with an unparalleled array of academic assets to conduct research and develop solutions at the intersection of higher education and talent strategy.


 

Team Members

Sean Gallagher, EdD

Executive Director, Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, Northeastern University

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Yvonne Rogers

Senior Director, Industry Engagement Strategy
Northeastern University

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John LaBrie, EdD

Professor of the Practice
Northeastern University

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Affiliated Faculty and Administrators

Kemi Jona, PhD

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs,
Northeastern University

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Lloyd Armstrong, Jr., PhD

University Professor and Provost Emeritus
University of Southern California

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Tova Olsen Sanders, EdD

Associate Teaching Professor,
Northeasatern University

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Yevgeniya V. Zastavker, PhD

Yevgeniya V. Zastavker, PhD

Director, the Research Institute for Experiential Learning Sciences (RIELS),
Northeastern University

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Industry Fellows

David Leaser

David  Leaser

Senior Program Executive, Innovation and Growth Initiatives
IBM
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Natalie Van Kleef Conley

Natalie Van Kleef Conley

Senior Program Manager
Grow With Google
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