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.

About Us

Research

our first report

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

Key Finding:
Workers initially underemployed are 5x more likely to remain so after 5 years than those who were not underemployed in their first job.


The research that we create in house and commission externally will help our policymakers, institutions, entrepreneurs, employers and reformers invest in the infrastructure and systems that working learners will need as they face the future of the workforce. Through our research we will explore questions such as


  • What does social mobility mean in a "majority minority" nation?
  • What are the biggest barriers to innovation in college-to-career pathways?
  • How can peer-to-peer interactions create savvier consumers of higher ed?
  • How will machine learning influence the workplace of the future?
  • How might assessments better capture a learner’s skills, mindset and experiences?
  • What can we learn from nontraditional, employer-validated career pathways?

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.

Time to Build: Why We’re Launching Strada Institute for the Future of Work

In our national discourse on higher education, we give a lot of lip service to lifelong learning. But we’ve done little to rework our systems, infrastructure, and architecture of delivering higher education, so that it works better for working learners of all ages. While our rhetoric suggests that learning is lifelong, our actions seem to indicate that school is somehow over by age 30. 

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.

Students Don’t Know What They’re Getting When They Pick a College — Data Can Fix That

When it comes to higher education, so much of what we buy is a black box. Most students don’t know how much they’ll pay prior to enrollment, let alone where their predecessors landed jobs after graduation. Were they able to pay off their debt? How meaningful did they find the work they were doing after they had graduated?

Videos

What is Strada Institute for the Future of Work?

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.

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

EVENTS

Preparing Young Adults for the Rapidly Evolving Labor Market

Wednesday, May 30, 3:15-5:15 p.m. Salt Lake City, Utah

Policymakers and researchers will gather to present new data from America Succeeds, Gallup and Northeastern University that focuses on how to prepare young adults for the changing labor market. The panel will be followed by a roundtable response featuring experts from Burning Glass Technologies, the Business-Higher Education Forum, Strada Education Network, Intermountain Healthcare and the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.

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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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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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