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New Books Network interviews UW-Madison’s Hora about ‘Beyond the Skills Gap’

August 24, 2018

The New Books Network recently interviewed UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora and posted a podcast interview with the author about his 2016 book, “Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work.”

Matt Hora
Hora is an assistant professor of adult and higher education with the Division of Continuing Studies, and is an affiliate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Hora is also a research scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), and the director of UW-Madison’s Center for College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT), which is housed within WCER.

A preview of the podcast explains: "How can educators ensure that young people who attain a postsecondary credential are adequately prepared for the future? Matthew T. Hora and his co-authors, Ross Benbow and Amanda Oleson, explain that the answer is not simply that students need more specialized technical training to meet narrowly defined employment opportunities. 'Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work' (Harvard Education Press, 2016) challenges this conception of the 'skills gap,' highlighting instead the value of broader twenty-first-century skills in postsecondary education. They advocate for a system in which employers share responsibility along with the education sector to serve the collective needs of the economy, society, and students.”

To learn more and to listen to the podcast, visit this New Books Network web page.

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