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STAY RELEVANT: TWO AREAS THAT WILL HELP YOU MEET DEMANDS

      Demand for talent in higher education is changing, with a particular need to address the return on investment for our students and the communities that they enter to work and live upon graduation.  Let us each ask ourselves, “What am I doing to stay relevant in the business of higher education?” Each of us may have differing answers and opinions, but this is an important question to consider when setting professional development goals. Here are two areas of particular importance to the future of higher education:

TECHNOLOGY

      Many administrators would say that effective use of technology would transform higher education by introducing significant efficiencies and dramatic cost reductions in serving students. Did you know faculty and staff of GVSU can take a college level course tuition free on campus? Talk to your supervisor to make arrangements. Or you can check out the many opportunities to maintain and develop technical skills through our programs in Sprout – GVSU’s training and workshops webpage.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 

      Another important topic during the great transition into the future of higher education involves recognizing the value, not just with students but also faculty and staff, in service learning and community engagement. GVSU and other institutions have factored in the needs of surrounding communities, drawing on the community for work experience or cooperative opportunities related to the student's area of study. Our own GVSU Community and Service Learning Center offers many opportunities for AP staff to connect with community partners and increase awareness of economic trends.

What are some ways that you stay informed, stay current, or stay relevant for your career?

Sources:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/community-engagement-what-universities-should-be

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/04/19/the-role-of-technology-in-the-great-higher-education-transformation/#8eae77013961

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