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These are heady days for many who work on strengthening connections between postsecondary education and work. But also stressful ones, given uncertainty in the job market and increasing clarity about how much the deck is stacked against students from underserved backgrounds. This report seeks to shed light on some of the most promising experiments to give graduates a boost as they seek well-paying jobs, particularly students who are women or people of color.

Topics Include

  • Efforts to improve students’ digital skills preparation across a wide range of industries
  • Work-based learning opportunities
  • Promising new types of nondegree credentials that colleges are developing


Table of Contents

Connecting College and Careers

Career Boosts for Undergraduates: How Colleges Are Adding New Credentials and Work-Based Learning Experiences to Curriculums

A Conversation With Wake Forest’s Andy Chan

Case Study: Degrees and SAS Skills

Case Study: Microinternships and Equity

Case Study: Tech Credentials in the Beltway

Case Study: Work-Integrated Learning

Parting Thoughts: Priority of the Highest Order By Joseph Testani

About the Author

About Inside Higher Ed

Number of Pages: 27 (11.8 MB PDF)

Date Released: Sept. 27, 2021

About the Author:
Paul Fain is a journalist focused on the nexus between education and work. He writes The Job, a newsletter that explores those issues, and helped create a related weekly publication, Work Shift. From 2011 to 2020, Fain was a reporter and editor at Inside Higher Ed. He oversaw the news outlet’s coverage of low-income students, college completion, community colleges, federal policy and emerging models of higher education.

This report was made possible in part by the financial support of Wiley Education Services.



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