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3 Ways Higher Education Will Need to Adjust to a Post-Crisis Landscape As unemployment soars, businesses are rapidly evolving. Universities should follow suit.

By Arthur Langer

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Of the 33 million Americans who became unemployed earlier this year, those with graduate degrees got new jobs more easily than those without. Yet advanced degrees are often poorly aligned with industry needs or disregard individual students' circumstances. In a post-crisis landscape, graduate students can't afford training irrelevant to their future profession. As unemployment soars, businesses are rapidly evolving. Universities should follow suit.

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There are three clear solutions to adjusting higher education to a post-crisis landscape, and they move education in a new direction: away from old-fashioned academic programs and towards an experience that is industry-focused and student-centric. First, universities should work closely with industry professionals. Second, departments must be student-centric in setting up program options, not "one-size-fits-all." Finally, they need to collaborate with internal and external institutions to provide rich, cooperative experiences.