Closing the Activation Gap:

Converting Potential to Performance by Upskilling the Workforce


Naperville, Ill. – Sept. 18, 2023 – DeVry University sponsored Closing the Activation Gap: Converting Potential to Performance by Upskilling the Workforce to gain a deeper understanding of the state of upskilling in the U.S. and to determine what barriers exist for ongoing professional development. We partnered with independent research firm Reputation Leaders to survey more than 1,500 American workers and hundreds of American companies about their interest in and access to skills building. After analyzing the research through the lens of gender, race, and employment, we uncovered insights that indicate how upskilling programs may not be designed in a way that is accessible and equitable.

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DeVry University strives to close society’s opportunity gap by preparing learners to thrive in careers shaped by continuous technological change. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online in Business, Healthcare and Technology. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, www.hlcommission.org/). The university’s Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. To learn more, visit devry.edu.