The challenges facing traditional higher education cannot be overcome without fundamental transformation brought about by strong institutional leadership coupled with policy reforms that promote innovation. The cost spiral will continue without innovations driven by e-learning and incentives built around increasing productivity. Regulations and incentives should be crafted to open the way for the most dynamic innovations, while rendering the true costs, risks, and potential benefits as transparent as possible for prospective students.
According to the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), Hispanics represent one-eighth of the nation’s population, but a disproportionate number fill low-wage jobs.
Consider these facts: the cost of higher education is rising nationwide, but those who obtain a postsecondary degree earn on average $1 million more over a lifetime than students who only have a high school diploma.
A great divide has emerged in the United States between the education and skills of the American workforce and the needs of the nation’s employers.
In Louisville, Kentucky, education, workforce development, and economic competitiveness have become interchangeable.
Greater Louisville, Inc., Louisville’s regional chamber of commerce, is a vocal supporter of education reform in the region.
2010 was a busy and productive year for ICW. We continued to grow our Business LEADs Network; convened a high-level panel of experts to discuss the midterm election results and their impact on education and workforce policy; published numerous reports on the importance of business supporting a range of issues, from early childhood education to extended learning time opportunities; and brought the documentary film Waiting for “Superman” to business audiences in a nationwide 12-city tour; among many other efforts.
Erie, Pennsylvania, known as the Great Lake port city, has a history of having a vibrant and dynamic economy. In its first years, Erie was known as being a major manufacturing hub, and for having the largest fishing port in the world.
It is the ideal situation—work a full-time or part-time job and gain a college degree at the same time. No need to travel to a separate campus—many of your lessons take place right where you work.
In 2009, ICW embarked on an ambitious agenda. We released our second Leaders and Laggards Report Card on Educational Innovation, published a report on postsecondary access to career and technical education, and testified before Congress on improving employment and training programs in the United States.