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The Soft Skills Gap

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This virtual forum occurred on Wednesday, May 27. Watch the on-demand video and see the panelists examine the disconnect between the lessons higher ed teaches and the skills employers need, and how colleges can bridge that soft skills gap. Hosts include Goldie Blumenstyk, a Chronicle senior writer, Jeff Selingo, a New York Times best-selling author, and Sebastian Distefano, Adobe's global manager of strategic development. The discussion focuses on the intersection of soft skills and digital literacy in an environment that is increasingly remote and digital.

Agenda

Opening remarks
Ian Wilhelm and Sebastian Distefano

A National Challenge
Higher-education expert and author Jeffrey J. Selingo will open the summit by offering a big-picture view of the need for better soft-skills education. He’ll examine the frequent disconnect between what colleges teach and employers seek and emphasize why bridging the soft skills gap is key to the future of higher ed — and the country.

The Impetus for Innovation
Jeff Selingo discusses with Carol Quillen, a leader of a top liberal-arts college, about how she's made soft skills an integral part of what students learn.

The New Skills for the 21st-Century Workplace
Ian Wilhelm will discuss with Todd Taylor and Melissa Vito how soft skills are evolving in a work environment that is increasingly remote and digital.

Bridging the Divide
Goldie Blumenstyk talks with Natasha Stough and Jennifer Baszile about how employers and colleges can work better together to identify and develop the soft skills students and graduates need for the modern workforce.

Closing remarks and Q & A
Ian Wilhelm and Sebastian Distefano

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