Higher education needs new models.
Over the last few years, we’ve heard much discussion about the disenfranchisement of the working class and our nation’s failure to educate them. The lack of skilled workers is starting to have widespread repercussions: according to a recent survey by Manpower, 46 percent of U.S. employers are struggling to fill job vacancies. And for the seventh consecutive year, employers report that skilled trade vacancies are the hardest to fill. At the same time, many people in the middle class are finding it hard to afford the cost of higher education, leaving behind more and more people who wish to earn a degree but cannot handle the financial burden.
Originally published: November 26, 2018
Author: Matthew S. Holland
Position: Former President
Institution: Utah Valley University
Published by: Inside Higher Ed