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Beyond the Skills Gap: Making Education Work for Students, Employers, and Communities

Mary Alice McCarthy


In this paper, the author explores the relationship between higher education, workforce development, and the needs of students and employers for skills. McCarthy identifies a series of “policy gaps” that are hindering efforts to build stronger connections between learning and work.

The paper can be accessed at the following link, which also provides the option to view the full report as a PDF:


Thank you to New America and author Mary Alice McCarthy, of New America's Education Policy Program, for allowing us to share this resource with our readers.