Gearing Up:

How Competencies Enable the Agile Work-Learn Model

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The way we buy products got drastically easier when Amazon redesigned the shopper experience. Goods became less expensive and more accessible. Similarly, there are a few key steps academic institutions can take to design a learner experience that works better for everyone.

The successful educational model of the future will be accessible, flexible and clearly aligned to skills needed for economic mobility. Is your school ready to build the future of higher education?

This report will provide valuable insight for higher education institutions looking to:

Create an education model as agile as today's working adult learner


Build agile, work-and-learn programs 
Better support more working adult student
Make higher education more inclusive and equitable

Creating a new talent playbook

The integration of technology, media, and information platforms and business dependencies has triggered significant mergers and acquisitions over the past decade to control the channels, the content, and the insights about the users. This has resulted in a significant overlap in the type of talent these companies are seeking.

Combine that with the pandemic—which has accelerated digital transformation and heightened competition for talent—and business leaders are finding themselves at a pivotal moment in determining talent strategy. How can you plan for different scenarios and build a workforce that is trained for the jobs of today and tomorrow?

The key is to create the right upskilling and reskilling strategy. 

To help leaders build a strong learning function and an adaptable talent playbook, this report lays out:


The 2020 Information Industry Talent Strategy Report

Workforce Trends and Reskilling Paths

28 Million Adults have cancelled their education plans because of the fallout from COVID-19.


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Enrollment is projected to drop sharply after 2025

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Lisa McIntyre-Hite, PhD

Charla Long, PhD

Dr. Lisa McIntyre-Hite is senior principal of learning solutions at Guild Education. Prior to joining Guild, she was vice president at Pathstream, an ed-tech start-up incubated at Entangled Solutions, where she served as a strategic advisor focused on higher education futures. McIntyre-Hite was the founding dean for competency-based education and executive director for learning innovation at Laureate Education where she developed its direct-assessment offering, seeing it through from pilot to scale.

Senior Principal of Learning Solutions at Guild Education
Executive Director for the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN)

Dr. Charla Long is the executive director for the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), an international consortium of higher education institutions and statewide systems seeking to design, develop, and scale new models of student learning. Additionally, she leads C-BEN’s Consulting Services, which is dedicated to helping institutions with competency-based learning. In 2016, Long was recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the Top 10 Most Influential People in Higher Education for her work in competency-based education.

Special thanks to our contributors: Elyse Ashburn, Sara Beth Hoffman, and Michael Horn