The talent gap between school and the job market is currently being discussed and exposed internationally. At every higher ed institution there is a concern about closing this gap for its students. Some universities address this need better than others and the University of Phoenix is among the ones setting an example.
They have revamped all their career services options and now provide a very personalized and dynamic tool to their prospective and current student to better chose their studies (online, offline, degrees’ options, etc.) and to facilitate their access to the job market (trends, offers, videos of practitioners, articles, etc.). Both content and framework are fantastic to help students build their own path towards professional success.
Also, they have created the PhoenixConnect academic social network. This first of its kind online network is available to all students, alumni and staff for them to take advantage of student support communities, get advice from faculty members and enjoy a true sense of community that can be customized to their area of study/work, personal interests and career goals. This private, academic focused network showcases what new learning communities could be like. A true innovation serving the community and using technology very efficiently.
A model to look at !