Talent Assessment Project

Partnering with Michigan Businesses

The Talent Assessment Project is a MCA research initiative designed to create an ongoing dialogue between Michigan's major employers and MCA campuses to identify the qualities and skills employers need in recent college graduates.  The study will be used to better align corporate Michigan talent needs with academic programs on MCA's 14 campuses, ensuring that future graduates are prepared to meet the talent needs of Michigan's businesses and organizations.

Identifying and Closing the Management Talent Gap
We know from existing research that future job requirements will demand that 75% of the future workforce in Michigan will need to have at least some college education, compared to 39% today. With the assistance of Traverse Management Resources and in partnership with Talent 2025, a formal study is being conducted with statewide, cross-sector Michigan-based businesses to document the gap in management talent supply and current expectations.

The project:

  • Builds on existing research related to Michigan’s economic environment, employer’s views on college learning, and workforce development initiatives.
  • Identifies the specific skills and abilities MCA graduates and new job market entrants will need in order to contribute to the success of Michigan businesses.
  • Provides a foundation and plan for MCA member institutions to develop solutions to address identified needs.
  • Develops insights to inform the decision-making of Michigan business leaders, policy makers and educators on workforce development.
  • Builds relationships with potential partners for change.

As a result of the study, a plan will be developed to ensure that MCA graduates are armed with the skills, qualities, experiences and characteristics businesses need to support growth and economic recovery in the State of Michigan. The intention is to develop the foundation for a long-term partnership between MCA member institutions and Michigan businesses.


View a recent MLive article on the Talent Assessment Project.


To learn more, call MCA at 248.356.3114.