Reports: Center for Education and Workforce
With support from the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, Dollar General Corporation is launching an initiative to engage local communities, including the public schools and local businesses, in addressing literacy issues where its customers, employees, and their families live and work. Dollar General believes that supporting local education and family literacy programs is critical to the well-being of the communities they serve. With a Dollar General distribution center and several store locations, Ardmore, Oklahoma is one of those communities.
Business leaders understand the challenges of keeping pace in today's economy. Now more than ever, a highly skilled and educated workforce is essential for successful businesses and a strong national economy. These publications were developed to equip business leaders with the resources needed to actively engage in their local education system to strengthen tomorrow's workforce.
To ensure all students are prepared for success after graduation and to significantly improve American competitiveness, governors from both political parties, chief state school officials, and community leaders from 48 states met and worked with top education experts and academics to produce the Common Core State Standards, taking into account more than 10,000 pieces of feedback from individuals, teachers, and organizations.
As a business and community leader, it is crucial for you to become informed about and involved in the governance of your local school district. Decisions made by local school boards affect the quality of education delivered. A strong education system produces graduates who are prepared for higher education or the workforce. Ultimately, these graduates will become part of a skilled workforce that will attract businesses to and enhance economic vitality in your community.
As part of the 'Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity' tour, the Institute for a Competitve Workforce issued fact sheets of the state of education in the community. The fact sheets include key data points including National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores, college remediation rates, high school graduation rates, local economic indicators, state education laws, school governance, and others.
Today’s business leaders grapple with the overarching question: How do we compete and win in the rapidly advancing 21st century global economy? Among the many factors that influence the success of business and the strength of our overall economy, few matter more than human capital. In our workforce lies the imagination that drives ideas, the ingenuity that leads to innovation, and the energy to put it all to work in our economy. But employers now face an unthinkable challenge in a time of chronic high unemployment— an insufficient supply of skilled and educated workers to meet the demands of a competitive workforce.
The Institute for a Competitive Workforce assembled the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Student Aid to develop a set of core principles that represent the needs of the business community when considering the redesign of federal financial aid, and to contribute to the public debate by offering observations about the shortcomings of the current system and discussing ideas for experts to consider.
One key to thriving in a competitive global economy is a properly skilled workforce that can innovate, create new products and services, and bring them to market quickly and efficiently. America remains a leader in innovation, but its workforce is falling behind. Education and workforce development systems have not kept pace with the demands of the 21st century, and we all bear the costs of this failure. American businesses spend billions of dollars each year training their employees and pour billions more into education. Despite these substantial investments, employers continue to report that too many job seekers are unqualified for modern jobs.
This report identifies the best and worst performing states—the leaders and laggards— in public postsecondary education. It focuses on the performance of the institutions over which state governments have the most influence: public colleges and universities. In an effort to systematically measure the most important factors being watched by policymakers, business leaders, and concerned citizens, we graded state performance and policy.