Pennsylvania's current low unemployment rate has created a tight labor market with a shortage of job applicants. Looking ahead, slow population growth and an anticipated surge in retirements present an urgent need to attract more skilled workers to our commonwealth, retain the ones who are already here, and prepare the next generation of workers for in-demand careers.
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.