GM Needs Rock Climbing Engineers

GM needs rock climbing engineers

A recent Detroit Free Press article entitled GM's job cuts shift to a new kind of worker needed is worth checking out. It is a pretty dramatic example of the reality that––even for those with STEM degrees (in this case engineers)––the foundation skills for all are what we call rock climbing skills, not job-specific skills. The article describes the bottom line…

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Community Colleges Need To Be Redesigned

Community colleges need to be redesigned

At least rhetorically––not so much when it comes to funding––there is a lot of support on a bi-partisan basis for community colleges. They are seen as critical to preparing workers for the skilled trades and other mid-skill jobs. Occupations employers claim where there is more demand than supply. To be effective institutions of better matching supply and demand in good-paying…

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Baseball Statistics And Standardized Tests

Baseball statistics and standardized tests

After reading the title of this post, I'm sure many of you are asking "What does baseball statistics have to do with standardized tests?" The subtitle of Keith Law's book  Smart Baseball provides a clue to the answer: The story behind the old stats that are ruining the  game, the new ones that are running it, and the right way…

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Michigan Is A Low-prosperity State In A Strong Economy

Michigan is a low-prosperity state in a strong economy

2017 per capita income data for states has been published. What the data make clear for Michigan is that we are now structurally a low-prosperity state. No matter whether the state's and the nation's economy is growing or declining Michigan's per capita income––in a strong economy with an even stronger domestic auto industry––is 11 percent below the national average. In…

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The Bachelors Degree Premium Detailed

The bachelors degree premium detailed

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' report The Financial Returns from College across Generations: Large but Unequal details the bachelors degree premium irrespective of race or parents education. And that premium is substantial for all. The data come from Federal Reserve’s 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances which surveyed a nationally representative sample of 6,248 families. The report analyzes the…

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