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September 10, 2021

Future of Higher Education

The Policy Implications of a Skills-Based Future

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By WGU Team

The nature of employment is changing rapidly. Employers, educators, and technology leaders are turning to skills-based learning and hiring to improve transparency, reduce bias, and increase equity in the talent marketplace. The recent Open Skills Network (OSN) Skills Summit examined the policy work needed to support a skill-based hiring and learning landscape.

Policy development and experimentation—with input from members of the economic ecosystem it affects—is necessary to coordinate efforts across the local, regional, state, and federal levels. OSN seeks to lay the data-based digital foundation needed to facilitate the shift to a skills-based future. But it’s necessary for industry, corporate organizations, educational institutions, and government come together and communicate effectively in order to meet the needs of learner-workers as well as their employers and communities.

Policy work is currently underway on both the federal and state levels.

As policy work continues, the OSN seeks to create a space where different parties can dialog and collaborate to create a shared skill language; to design portable, interoperable records of skills, learning, and work; and to develop different approaches and best practices as we move toward a skills-based future.

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