Who We Are
The Center for Research on Employment and the Workforce (C.R.E.W.) is operated by the Career Center at Cal State Fullerton in order to collect, analyze and disseminate information about issues and trends that are reshaping the professional opportunities of our graduates and the behavior of our employing organizations. These issues and trends include diversity, globalization, generational issues, knowledge transfer, and the impact of emerging technology. They are quickly impacting hiring requirements, organizational expectations, and business opportunities at a rapidly accelerating pace. This is particularly true in the Greater Los Angeles and Orange County area, and throughout California, where old assumptions about the workforce are quickly eroding, presenting new opportunities and challenges. Within the University and Career Centers, issues of program outcomes, the value of student services, and accountability for public funds are critical, and increasingly linked to the professional marketplace.
Understanding these issues and trends is critical for student and alumni professional success; informing curriculum choices; and providing continuing professional development to individuals and organizations committed to excellence, innovation and leadership. In addition to its value for the Career Center and Cal State Fullerton, this clearinghouse for knowledge, trends, and best practices assists our off-campus partners to improve their own practice, reinforcing their leadership, profitability, and innovation, while also helping the larger community respond effectively.
The Center collaborates with various partners both on and off campus in this process. Off campus partners include Spectrum Knowledge, a leading training, research and consulting firm that has considerable experience working with corporations on workforce issues, and the California State University Career Directors, representing all 23 of the campuses in the system. On campus, the Division of Student Affairs and its Assessment Committee is focused on student learning outcomes which result from the services and programs we provide. Other partners will be drawn from those corporations and public-sector organizations that share our concerns about these workforce issues and can invest in underwriting and/or become actively involved in the research to be conducted by the Center.
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