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About Us

BHEF is the leader in identifying emerging high-value skills and sourcing credentialed talent.


The Business-Higher Education Forum is the national nonprofit organization connecting business and higher education leaders to align and scale solutions to meet emerging and persistent talent needs. With half a century of experience building high-impact pathways across education and work, we empower and catalyze partnerships that deliver accelerated, inclusive, and effective talent solutions. Business and university leaders join BHEF to lead innovation at their organizations and in the field in order to meet the changing talent needs of learners, workers, and businesses. 

BHEF builds better skills to drive competitiveness, productivity, and high-value university credentials.

  • The organization has fostered dozens of business-higher education partnerships and created over 100 credentials.
    View our case studies and publications.
  • The partnerships succeeded with BHEF’s defined methodology for partnership creation: the partnership implementation process, the strategic engagement model, and a theory of action to increase STEM student persistence, transfer, and completion.
    View our playbook for creating purposeful partnerships.
  • These partnerships create better skills for better performance, increasing the pathways for diverse talent to in-demand jobs.
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Our work

BHEF builds better skills through:

  • Convening action-oriented forums and partnerships
  • Illuminating emerging talent needs and skills gaps
  • Rapidly prototyping and implementing talent solutions
Learn more about our work
Laura Ipsen

What I think is so powerful about BHEF is that we bring the power of higher education and business together for a common goal: to shape the future workforce for all of us.

Laura Ipsen

President & CEO, Ellucian, Inc.

Brian Napack

BHEF’s mission is the challenge of our time. We have to close the gap—the economic gap, the skill gap, and the opportunity gap—but we can only do it together. BHEF sits at the crossroads of the challenge.

Brian Napack

President & CEO, Wiley

Eduardo Padrón

With the support of BHEF and collaboration with NextEra we were able to develop the first baccalaureate in data analytics in Florida.

Eduardo Padrón

President Emeritus, Miami Dade College

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Corporate CEOs and university presidents join BHEF to anticipate skills needs and improve pathways between higher education and workforce.

See our membership list


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BHEF’s efforts have attracted the attention of key national funders, whose support has tremendous impact on maximizing our work. 

View our supporters