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The Future of Postsecondary Education and Training

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2021 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

Much of what Anthony shares begins with a single set of facts. Since the eighties, postsecondary education and training have become the most well-traveled pathway to economic and societal success.  Yet, because of its new prominence in American life, higher education has also become the capstone in an education system that ensures the intergenerational reproduction of race and class privilege.

The immediate future of higher education will be determined by two relatively certain forces and several wild cards in the change game. The relative certainties are demography and economic recovery. The wild cards include:

  • The effect of technology on the jobs economy.
  • The penetration of technology in higher education delivery.
  • The shift toward free community college and its effect on race and class tracking in postsecondary education.
  • The policy shift toward labor market transparency for all degreed programs and accountability for economic outcomes as postsecondary training programs expand.   


Anthony P. Carnevale 

Founder and Director, Center on Education And The Workforce | Georgetown University

Anthony Carnevale is the Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. He has held this position since 2000. Carnevale is also a research professor at the University.

Carnevale is recognized internationally as an authority on education training and employment. He has served as Vice-President for Public Leadership at the Educational Testing Service, where he was appointed by President George Bush to serve on the White House Commission on Technology and Adult Education.

He also served as the Director of Human Resource and Employment Studies at the Committee for Economic Development , the nation’s oldest business-sponsored policy research organization. Here, he was appointed by President Clinton to Chair the National Commission on Employment Policy.