Higher Education and Employability

Higher Education and Employability New Models for Integrating Study and Work

Peter J. Stokes, Foreword by Louis Soares
Paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: August 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-826-9
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Pub. Date: August 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-828-3

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2016 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)

Higher Education and Employability makes a crucial contribution to the current reassessment of higher education in the United States by focusing on how colleges and universities can collaborate with businesses in order to serve the educational and professional interests of their students. Drawing on his extensive experience with universities and the business world, Peter J. Stokes argues that the need for closer alignment between the two sectors has never been more critical—and that the opportunities for partnership have never been greater. 


Peter Stokes has written an insightful analysis of the way forward in American higher education. Rather than adding to the many dire predictions about higher education, Stokes describes a new breed of research universities that boldly combines general education with career readiness in their graduates. Higher Education and Employability should be required reading for every university leader seeking a sustainable model for the future. — Marie A. Cini, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, University of Maryland University College

In Higher Education and Employability, Peter Stokes ably plays the roles of provocateur, pundit, and prophet, curating cases and framing conversations on a topic that couldn’t be more pressing: integrating work and study to help ready our students for lives and careers that will be steeped in learning. — Mark David Milliron, cofounder and chief learning officer, Civitas Learning

Higher Education and Employability is a must-read for every campus leader thinking about the potential of experiential learning opportunities to complement traditional classroom-based methods of instruction. Through a focused series of case studies, Stokes demonstrates that the old divide between institutions devoted to the life of the mind (knowledge creation and critical thinking development), and those devoted to ensuring student employability, is a tired and limiting construct of an earlier time. — Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

Higher Education and Employability is both revelatory and thought provoking. — George Leef, The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

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About the Author

Over the course of a twenty-year career in higher education, Peter Stokes has been employed as a teacher, researcher, consultant, business leader, writer, and university administrator. Today he works as a managing director in the higher education practice at Huron Consulting Group. He lives just outside of Boston with his wife and two children.

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