Here are some of the first areas of study:
EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS COME OF AGE: A SURVEY ON THE USE AND VALUE OF EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS IN HIRING
This unique national research survey of 750 HR leaders focuses on the future of educational credentials and their value and use in the workplace. The study provides new insights on the changing value of educational credentials in hiring; the perception of online- and micro-credentials; how employers determine quality; and the emergence of talent analytics and skills-based hiring, among other topics.
In 2016, Northeastern University was one of only eight universities chosen for the U.S. Department of Education’s Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) experimental sites initiative, which aims to provide more Americans with the skills required for the 21st century.
EQUIP will increase students’ access to innovative, high-quality, postsecondary education and spur innovative collaborations between universities and non-traditional education providers. Northeastern’s EQUIP project is in partnership with General Electric (GE) and the American Council on Education.
INNOVATION IMPERATIVE SERIES
Northeastern University’s Innovation Imperative series has provided a real-time window into Americans’ attitudes on key issues affecting higher education and the global economy. Whether examining the emerging views of Generation Z or determining the in-demand skills sought by hiring decision makers, the thought leadership series is helping shape the national conversation and drive policy reform.
The Center will continue this work by studying and building innovative new models of employer-engaged higher education.
THE FUTURE OF UNIVERSITY CREDENTIALS
Executive Director Sean Gallagher’s 2016 book, The Future of University Credentials, published by Harvard Education Press, explores the evolution of the university credentialing ecosystem, with a particular focus on how employers’ hiring needs are changing, charting an agenda for the future development of the higher education field.
The future of higher education and corporate learning and development will involve greater use of experiential models that leverage the learning power of workplace-based experiences. Driven by extensive research on the needs of regional economies and corporate talent needs, Northeastern’s Silicon Valley campus is a living laboratory in partnership with Integrated Device Technologies, or IDT, representing a new model for technology-focused education.
CO-DEVELOPMENT OF CURRICULUM
Northeastern and the Center are pioneering the development and study of professionally-oriented higher education programs that are co-developed with employers, through both the EQUIP experimental site and numerous other corporate partnerships.
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AS A BROAD-BASED TALENT STRATEGY
Project-based learning and capstone projects are a hallmark of the new forms of educational credentials emerging in the marketplace. Through initiatives such as the Experiential Network, or XN, Northeastern students earn more than just an education—they gain relevant, real-world skills and experience. Our signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice, allowing students to put their ideas into action and graduate with firsthand industry knowledge.
The Center’s foundational projects are focused on critical issues at the intersection of higher education and talent strategy, such as:
- The future of educational credentials—including microcredentialing—and their role as job qualifications
- The emergence of talent/people analytics
- Corporate training, learning and development, and tuition assistance—and models for assessing ROI
- The blurring boundaries between work experience and educational credit/attainment