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Marketable Skills Conference

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Marketable Skills Goal from

By 2030, all graduates from Texas public institutions of higher education will have completed programs with identified marketable skills.

Conference Announcement

The official announcement for the conference was sent on February 8, 2016. To see this announcement, Click Here.

Call for Proposals

Please note registration will be required for all presenters. Marketable skills, as defined in 60x30TX, are those valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities.

Call for Proposals

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board invites proposals for breakout sessions that will feature the best practices in Texas to achieve the Marketable Skills Goal and to explore new possibilities for achieving this goal. The Conference on Marketable Skills is an opportunity for presidents, provosts, deans, and other administrative leaders of Texas institutions of higher education to discuss best practices and available opportunities for helping graduates transition from the campus to the workforce.

Proposals should initiate dialogue, or advance existing discourse about policy, practice, and innovation in making students aware of the marketable skills they can, and do, acquire during college. Proposals also should advocate for a culture of marketable skills in higher education; for systemic policies and practices that help students think about their desired careers; and for ways to help students achieve the skills needed for those careers, while balancing career decisions with student loan debt decisions.

Instructions for Submitting a Proposal

Online Submission Form is located here.

Complete the online submission form by March 11, 2016. For questions concerning the call for proposals or the Conference on Marketable Skills, please contact Ginger Gossman, Senior Director of Innovation and Policy Development, at ginger.gossman@thecb.state.tx.us. Chosen presenters will be responsible for covering their own travel and related expenses.

Criteria for Selection

  • Relevance to Marketable Skills Goal
  • Clarity
  • Audience Appeal/Usefulness to Audience
  • Relevance to Policy and Practice
Program Strands
  • Identifying Marketable Skills for Curricular, Co-Curricular, and/or Extra-Curricular Programs

This strand will explore current practices for identifying marketable skills. Proposals can include institution-industry partnerships, faculty-led efforts, program-career services collaborations, strategic course sequencing, etc. Proposals also can include helping students connect their experiences in education, work, etc., to understand how the skills they acquire in and out of the classroom may be related or complementary.

  • Creating a Culture of Marketable Skills

This strand will explore how institutions can create a culture of identifying and sharing marketable skills. Proposals can include how to identify soft skills in workforce-oriented programs, how to identify hard skills in humanities and liberal arts, how to achieve faculty buy-in for this goal, how to develop effective experiential learning opportunities (i.e., internships, work-study placements), or how to devise an institutional philosophy or approach to address the Marketable Skills Goal.

  • Communicating Identified Marketable Skills

This strand will explore opportunities for institutions to share identified marketable skills with students and graduates to ensure they can articulate these skills. Proposals can include models of student advising, ideas for student buy-in, program-career services collaborations, helping students communicate their marketable skills to potential employers, etc. Proposals also can include models for integrating marketable skills into a student’s entire higher education experience, from application to alumni relations.

Description of Presentations

There will be up to 12 breakout sessions. We anticipate each breakout session will be 1 hour and 15 minutes, with at least 30 minutes for questions and answers. Presentations should have a maximum of three presenters and should be interactive. In addition to the question and answer period, presenters should provide handouts available to participants, as well as to the Coordinating Board staff for posting to the conference website. Lists of resources and bibliographies are strongly encouraged.


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