Leading Solutions: Analysis & Pragmatic Change For Higher Education & Employers
Why is this area of focus?
Today, employers are desperate for human capital talent and higher education’s rising costs are being questioned as to the value proposition by students and families (i.e., how is higher education preparing for a job or a career?).
According to research, students' primary motivation for attending college is to improve their chances of landing a better job and bettering their lives and the lives of their family and communities. However, higher education does not universally consider it their responsibility to prepare students for employment, and with the rapid advancement of technology, today's curricula are often disconnected from employer needs. Employers, on the other hand, have put off investing in training. Employers have also recognized the many benefits of increased workplace diversity, but they lack the systems and cultures to not just attract, but also nurture and empower this talent.
In addition to producing high quality and innovative programs, based on the research and the input received to date, TWC has a true opportunity to analyze and lead with policy and pragmatic solutions for change.
Indeed, in many respects this area of focus speaks to how Bill Burke originally founded TWC: he saw a disconnect and a problem, developed white papers and became a leading voice for change, resulting in the now almost five decades old TWC.
Position The Washington Center as a thought leader nationally and internationally by connecting experiential learning and workforce pathways through research and practical solutions.
- Strengthen expertise, producing white papers, op-eds and senior level participation in respected conference keynotes and panels.
- By Q2 2023, increase external speaking engagements by 10x.
- Build a prominent speakers bureau.
- Form and grow substantive partnerships with organizations such as AACU, CIC, NACE, NAPSA and others.
- Engage thought leaders in an annual symposium on the future of work.
- Advocate for TWC experts to testify on the Hill and in State legislatures on experiential learning to talent pipelines.
Create access and pipelines for human capital management for employers (attract, hire, nurture, empower) and support them in building more equitable and inclusive workplaces.
- Bolster vetted pool of quality potential job candidates from TWC programs, meeting the needs of employers in key industries, such as technology and healthcare.
- Research, create and compile a definitive playbook for employers in different sectors to provide guidance on the demography and attraction of new generation of professional workforce, such as “How to Navigate with Intergenerational Workforce Today”; “Best Practices for Flexible/Hybrid Workplace to Retain Talent.”
- Create new targeted programs or materials aimed at increasing diversity for early career talent and retention plans for employer partners.
Define and expand student-to-career solutions for higher education.
- Research, develop and deliver programs-in-a-box for higher education to use for their on-campus career management centers (e.g., videos, podcasts, learning resources) to connect employer needs to curriculum.
- Grow cohort model to better meet infrastructure in DC desires of existing and potential higher education partner institutions.
- Host off-the-record high-level roundtables regularly on topics facing higher education today relevant to value proposition and career paths.
Lead and assess programs for Federal agencies and departments to develop their diverse talent pipeline.
- Analyze efficacy and efficiencies of current Federal contracts by Q3 2022 to determine balance of dependency to budget-size. Review subcontractors, indirect costs and net ROI.
- Bolster engagement of TWC alumni at Federal agencies to raise awareness of success and services in efforts to expand programs.
- Ensure strong program delivery and financial compliance for TWC reputation and future opportunities.
“The Washington Center met all of Lone Star Honors College’s needs when we were looking for a U.S. option for our capstone experience. TWC’s wraparound adaptability ensured the programming was customized to fit into our curricular plans, allowing us to grow and change as we learned what was best for us. The program has become a huge highlight for our students.”
Dr. Katherine Caruso, Associate Vice Chancellor of Honors and International Education, Lone Star Honors College.