Our Vision

We believe Americans will need to harness the power of education throughout their working lives. The future of our nation’s economic prosperity depends on a citizenry that constantly retools itself for the future.

Strada Institute for the Future of Work (Strada Institute) is dedicated to advancing our understanding of the future of learning and work, so that we may begin to build the learning ecosystem of the future. The Strada Institute is a part of Strada Education Network®, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by catalyzing more direct and promising pathways between education and employment.

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Research

Robot-Ready: Human+ Skills for the Future of Work

Students are being faced with a false choice between the liberal arts and technical fields. Philosophy, English, and history majors are warned to prepare for un- or underemployment, while classmates in engineering and computer science are assumed to have six-figure salaries waiting after graduation.

The latest research from Strada Institute for the Future of Work finds that the skills typically associated with a liberal arts major, or “human” skills, are not only in high demand in the labor market but also potentially more resistant to automation. In addition, when combined with technical coursework, these human+ skills provide the best preparation for the future of work. The report, created in partnership with labor market analytics expert Emsi, examines how our uniquely human skills like leadership, communication, and problem solving actually manifest in the labor market, and how analyzing the career pathways of liberal arts graduates offers all disciplines a case study on how to future-proof workers to be “Robot-Ready.”

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The Permanent Detour: Underemployment’s Long-Term Effects on the Careers of College Grads

Underemployment is not a short-term problem: College graduates who are underemployed in their first job are five times more likely to be underemployed five years out, and many remain underemployed ten years out. This report by Strada Institute for the Future of Work and Burning Glass found that the first job is critical in launching the career trajectories of college graduates. More than four in 10 college graduates (43 percent) were underemployed in their first job, and two-thirds of workers who were underemployed as new graduates were still underemployed five years later. “The first job out of college is a high-stakes decision with major long-term implications,” said Michelle Weise, chief innovation officer for Strada Institute for the Future of Work.

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Articles

First Jobs Matter: Avoiding the Underemployment Trap

We all have heard stories of newly minted college graduates working as baristas or selling clothes at Gap. It’s what economists call underemployment: people doing jobs for which they are overqualified. Generally, however, we dismiss the phenomenon as a relic of the recession or a short-term problem affecting a small number of graduates who will find their footing soon.

What Robots Can Teach Us About Being Human

Tell me how you do your job.

This simple phrase is one way to determine how quickly your job might become automated in the future.

The more clearly that you can describe a task, the easier it may be to create rules for it, whereas, the harder the skill is to describe or enunciate, the more resistant it may be to computerization. MIT economist David Autor named this phenomenon Polanyi’s paradox after the Hungarian economist, philosopher and chemist Michael Polanyi, who famously explained in his work The Tacit Dimension that “we know more than we can tell.”

What we do effortlessly as humans may be least susceptible to automation. 

Unlocking the 'Black Box' of College Outcomes

Consumers today have access to thousands of reviews and copious amounts of data on just about every item they purchase (even the seemingly insignificant, like a $20 HDMI cable). But when it comes to making what, for most, will be one of the largest investments in their lifetime, prospective college students have precious little information that could guide their decision-making process.

Videos

Robot-Ready: Human+ Skills for the Future of Work

The latest research from Strada Institute for the Future of Work finds that the skills typically associated with a liberal arts major, or “human” skills, are not only in high demand in the labor market but also potentially more resistant to automation. In addition, when combined with technical coursework, these human+ skills provide the best preparation for the future of work. The report, created in partnership with labor market analytics expert Emsi, examines how our uniquely human skills like leadership, communication, and problem solving actually manifest in the labor market, and how analyzing the career pathways of liberal arts graduates offers all disciplines a case study on how to future-proof workers to be “Robot-Ready.”

Innovating College to Career by Michelle Weise

Michelle Weise, Chief Innovation Officer at Strada Institute, gave this EdTalk at the 2018 UIA National Summit.

TEAM

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Michelle Weise
Chief Innovation Officer Strada Institute for the Future of Work

Michelle R. Weise is a higher education expert who specializes in disruptive innovation and the future of learning and work. As chief innovation officer and senior vice president, she leads Strada Education Network’s workforce strategies as well as its innovation and thought leadership priorities. Her research focuses on the future of the workforce and how to connect students more directly to meaningful employment pathways throughout their working lives.

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Beth Bean
Director Strada Institute for the Future of Work

Beth is committed to understanding and advancing the future of learning and work for all. She was formerly the chief strategy and research officer with the Colorado Department of Higher Education, where she focused on using longitudinal research to drive better policy decision-making. Beth believes that by researching and embracing the future world of work and adapting our learning ecosystem to match this evolution, we can be proactive rather than reactive.

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Andrew R. Hanson
Senior Research Fellow Strada Institute for the Future of Work

Andrew researches the challenges associated with the future of work and how our learning ecosystem must evolve to meet those challenges head on. Andrew was formerly a senior research analyst at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Andrew believes that preparing for the future of work is the fundamental challenge of our generation as it will determine who and how many have access to an independent and prosperous life.

Advisory Committee

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Dr. James Canton
CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures
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Ryan Craig
Co-Founder & Managing Director, University Ventures Fund
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Carol D’Amico
Executive Vice President, Mission Advancement & Philanthropy, Strada Education Network
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Mary Gray
Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research New England, and Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
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Michael Horn
Chief Strategy Officer, Entangled Ventures
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Cheryl Oldham
Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
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Deborah Quazzo
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Global Silicon Valley (GSV) Acceleration Fund
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Jeff Selingo
Special Advisor to the President and Professor of Practice, Arizona State University
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Peter Smith
Orkand Endowed Chair & Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education, University of Maryland University College
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Mimi Strouse
Trustee, Strada Education Network Board of Trustees
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Johnny Taylor Jr.
President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Distinguished Fellows

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Anthony Carnevale
Director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
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Joseph Fuller
Professor of Management Practice in General Management, Harvard Business School, and Co-Leader of the School’s Managing the Future of Work Initiative
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Earl Lewis
Founding Director, Center for Social Solutions, and Professor of History at the University of Michigan
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Joel Meyerson
Director, Forum for the Future of Higher Education
Sandy Baum
Sandy Baum
Fellow at the Urban Institute and Professor Emerita of Economics at Skidmore College

EVENTS

ECS National Forum Opening Plenary

Wednesday, June 27 Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Michelle R. Weise is the senior vice president of workforce strategies and chief innovation officer at Strada Education Network, leading the organization’s workforce alignment initiatives and innovation and thought leadership priorities. Weise will discuss the future of education and the workforce by elaborating on the theories of disruptive innovation. 

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A Learning Ecosystem Designed for the Future of Work

Friday, June 15, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Boston, Massachusetts

Advancements in technology are quickly changing the workforce landscape. Many jobs are being lost to automation, and new jobs are emerging without formal talent pipelines to fill them. How do we help our citizenry retool themselves for what’s to come? Join Strada Institute for the Future of Work for a dynamic discussion about the challenges and opportunities of the future of work and how our learning ecosystem must evolve to address them.

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Skills for the Future

Wednesday, June 13, 3:15-4:15 p.m. New Orleans, Louisiana

The skills for success in the jobs of the future will be different than those of today. Education and training leaders should understand the growing demand for both specialized occupational skills and broader employability skills, such as collaboration, communication and problem solving. How can systems prepare workers to build the skills that will be essential to future career readiness and advancement?

Panelists: Beth Bean, Byron Auguste, Ananth Kasturiraman

Moderator: Jon Schnur

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