Pennsylvania faces a changing economy that's placing new demands on our workers and businesses. Employers are hiring, but the job-skills gap in today's workforce too often leads to a shortage of qualified job candidates. At the same time, too many workers are employed in low-wage jobs and lack the training they need to compete for in-demand careers. To meet these common challenges, state government, the education sector, labor, and industry must all work together to close the skills gap and build a well-trained workforce.
Universities have historically operated under a supply-driven model, wherein learners seek out programs and degrees offered by the institution regardless of business need. In order to better align programs and identify opportunities for university and learner success, new approaches must be undertaken at various levels within the institution. To address this need, the State System conducted original research in 2016 and produced Pennsylvania’s first comprehensive gap analysis study.