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Op-ed from UW-Madison's Hora published by USA Today Network-Wisconsin

September 28, 2016

UW-Madison’s Matthew Hora wrote an op-ed published by USA Today Network-Wisconsin explaining why it's important for the state to invest in education if it is to stay competitive in the global market.

Matthew Hora mugshot
Hora writes that the state must invest in active-learning style education, or else “Wisconsin risks being overtaken in the global race to produce skilled workers.” Hora emphasizes how important teaching and effective learning is to maintain a skilled workforce.

He adds: "The UW System is an economic engine for the state, and high-quality, experiential learning is the fuel that will help students successfully navigate the challenging global economy of the 21st century. … Creating systems that support such teaching and learning should unite Republicans and Democrats, teachers and business owners, and conservatives and liberals throughout the state."

Hora is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, which is housed within the School of Education. Hora is also an assistant professor of adult teaching and learning with the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies.

Much of Hora’s work focuses on the concept of a skills gap and how it influences the growing political arguments about the value of liberal-arts education and vocational job training. Hora is the co-author of a book, “Beyond The Skills Gap: Preparing College Students For Life And Work,” that is coming out in November from Harvard Press.

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