Panel Discussion: Workforce Skills Reality Check

On December 5, 2011, results of a survey commissioned by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) were released during a panel discussion at the National Press Club. The findings showed that many hiring decision-makers believe that the post-secondary education system could do a better job preparing students for the workplace. The study, conducted by FTI Consulting, surveyed 1,006 professionals who make hiring decisions representing various industries in the United States on whether job applicants have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

After the research presentation, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, delivered a keynote address focused on the role of post-secondary education in preparing students for the skills that employers need most. Following the keynote, Daniel de Vise, higher education reporter for The Washington Post, led a panel discussion among experts in workforce development and education, including: Domenic Giandomenico, Director of Education and Workforce Programs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Paul Gore, National Advisory Board, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience; Andrew Kaplan, Coalition for Educational Success; Edward H. Levine, President, Neumont University; and Julie Margetta Morgan, Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress.