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UW-Madison’s Hora to brief state policymakers about Wisconsin's skills gap

January 13, 2016

UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora reports that he will be speaking to some state legislators and their staff members at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Hora will be talking about research he recently conducted on a three-year study about the relationship between workforce needs and higher education curricula in Wisconsin.

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Hora says he will report the results from interviews with 145 employers and educators in the state, with the key finding being that the skills gap narrative and current policy initiatives are not sufficiently addressing a central problem facing the shared concerns of higher education, the business community, and society at large: high-quality teaching for transfer in both higher education classrooms and workplace training.

Hora will explain specific policy recommendations for the state of Wisconsin, including: developing a talent retention strategy for postsecondary educators; allocating funds for centers for teaching and learning, and student career services; requiring postsecondary faculty to take courses in learning theory upon hiring; and re-framing the debate regarding graduates’ skills to be more collaborative than antagonistic.  

To learn a more about these topics, check this recent policy brief co-authored by Hora and published by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

Hora is a research scientist with the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). He also is an assistant professor of Adult Teaching & Learning with the Department of Liberal Arts & Applied Studies.