Weise Helps D’Youville Prepare for the Future of Education
Imagine living to be 150 years old and working for 80 to 100 years. What would your education path look like?
This is not a scenario that might happen, it’s going to happen, according to Michelle R. Weise PhD, senior vice president for Workforce Strategies and chief innovation officer at Strada Education Network.
Weise, the keynote speaker at D’Youville’s Mid-Semester Assembly, on Monday, April 22, specializes in innovation and creating connections between higher education and the workforce. At the event, Weise told attendees that the first people who will reach the age of 150 have already been born.
“In the future, workers will need to return to learning throughout a 100-year work life,” she said.
Weise said higher education needs to be thinking today about how it is going to make sure it remains relevant tomorrow, all while preparing learners for jobs that don’t yet exist.
“85 percent of the 2030 jobs have yet to be invented,” she said.
Weise posed a series of questions to attendees: “How do we design this learning ecosystem of the future? How do we hold onto our learners and be their source for creating new pathways to the future?”
Designing the learning ecosystem of the future is critical, she said. Higher education needs to develop new pathways to the future while holding onto their students. It will also need to be able to take displaced workers, assesses their skills and knowledge, and place them on a new route to employment. “We need to think about a navigation guidance system for helping learners to move in and out of work.”
“Learners are seeking out higher education to advance their work lives,” Weise said. “They are looking for economic relevance connected to their learning.”
In her introduction, D’Youville President Lorrie Clemo, PhD said, “We must provide our students opportunities that will last a lifetime. To educate the workforce of tomorrow, we must embrace equity, make achievement gaps a thing of the past, use digital tools and technology to create opportunities and improve service, and remain relevant.”
“To think bigger and bolder, we must meet the needs of our students, by developing innovations that are meeting students where they are and creating new pathways to improve their lives,” Clemo said.
Weise concluded, “The challenge for our institutions is how we orient to this changing demographic of learners. We need to think of how we connect with employers, developing talent pipelines for them. We need to think about how we touch to new learners in different ways. If we don’t shift our mindset, there are a whole lot of other people who are thinking about it.”
“If you imagine how we currently consume anything, we naturally look to reviews. Over time, there will be more verified reviews of learning pathways where consumers will be much more vocal, more of an Amazon marketplace feel, where better information will be available about who is creating high-quality pathways.”
“Assessment and transparency will really come into play,” Weise added.
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