Programs Assistant at Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Last month, we attended Align, Engage, Advance: Transforming Indiana’s Workforce. This was the meeting to bring local and regional partners together to learn about and discuss the Indiana Career Council’s strategic plan.
The Indiana Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN) brought in national experts, including John Pryor, who leads higher education research at Gallup. He directed the research on the Gallup-Purdue Index, which measures the most important outcomes of higher education – the degree to which college graduates have great lives and great jobs.
“If you want the best and brightest to stay in Indiana,” Pryor contends, “make sure they want to use your education system.
The 2014 report shows that 39% of college graduates who are employed full time for an employer are engaged in the workplace. The report assesses: “If higher education does not lead graduates to an engaging job, then it has fallen down on a central expectation of students.”
One change to education that was unanimously agreed upon was the need for a higher premium on experiential learning.
“We need more internships that connect what students are learning in the classroom to what they will need to apply in a workforce setting.”
See “Great Jobs, Great Lives: The 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Report” here >>http://products.gallup.com/168857/gallup-purdue-index-inaugural-national-report.aspx
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