For most people, gaining an education and thus improving one’s chances in the job market is the key to economic mobility. This particularly pertinent at a time when up to 30 million Americans will be out of work and a significant number are likely to require new pathways back to good jobs, and when hundreds of colleges and university will find themselves under significant fiscal and enrollment strain. Historically, progress depended on significant increases high school completion and in more recent generations, in college completion. In today’s increasingly knowledge-based economy, broad-based increases in college completion are necessary. Learn about new strategies and models that have the potential to address the crises of college completion, affordability, and employability and close America’s skills gap.
Introduction: Anna Galas, Director, Academic Leadership Initiatives, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)