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Department of Administrative and Policy Studies Shaping Higher Education on the Basis of Labor Market Demand: A Slippery Slope? John C. Weidman, University.

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1 Department of Administrative and Policy Studies Shaping Higher Education on the Basis of Labor Market Demand: A Slippery Slope? John C. Weidman, University of Pittsburgh Presentation at the 2011 Symposium of the Gulf Comparative Education Society, UAE

2 Department of Administrative and Policy Studies Contact information Shaping Higher Education on the Basis of Labor Market Demand John C. Weidman, Professor of Higher Education University of Pittsburgh School of Education Department of Administrative and Policy Studies 5910 Wesley W. Posvar Hall 230 S. Bouquet Street Pittsburgh, PA US Phone: March 2011

3 Department of Administrative and Policy Studies Key Issues External Demand for Highly Educated People: Labor Market Dynamics Student Demand for and Institutional Supply of Places in Various Academic Majors Institutional Capacity for Restructuring Shaping Higher Education on the Basis of Labor Market Demand16 March 2011

4 Department of Administrative and Policy Studies Labor Market Dynamics Structure of National Economy –Oil Production –Professional Services –Public/private mix Supply of Highly Educated People –Domestic –International 16 March 2011Shaping Higher Education on the Basis of Labor Market Demand

5 Department of Administrative and Policy Studies Labor Market Dynamics Projections for the Future –Changes in National Economies –Changes in Demograph Higher Education and National Development 16 March 2011Shaping Higher Education on the Basis of Labor Market Demand

6 Department of Administrative and Policy Studies Demand and Supply of Majors Mismatch Between National Needs and Student Demand Mismatch Between Institutional Provision and Student Demand Access and Gender Equity –Gains in Higher Ed Enrollment by Women –Continuing Limitations on Majors (STEM) 16 March 2011Shaping Higher Education on the Basis of Labor Market Demand

7 Department of Administrative and Policy Studies Institutional Restructuring Capacity Curriculum Structure –General vs. Specialized –Fit with Labor Market Major Fields Content Distribution of Faculty Importance of Tradition 16 March 2011Shaping Higher Education on the Basis of Labor Market Demand


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