Beyond the Skills Gap: Making Education Work for Students, Employers, and Communities

As the earning potential of high school graduates continues to decrease, a postsecondary credential or degree is increasingly necessary to obtain any semblance of economic security. This report from the New America Foundation argues that postsecondary institutions are not set up to support the practical needs of today's students. The report explores the relationship between federal policy and the skills gap and exposes policy gaps in the federal Higher Education Act, which is the largest federal investment in postsecondary workforce and skills training. The paper also provides recommendations for federal policymakers and Career Technical Education (CTE) advocates to strengthen the role of higher education in equipping students with skills for their future careers.

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October 2014