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Need More Jobs? Create a More Education Workforce

Presented by the Education Policy Task Force

8-10 a.m. Dec. 2

By 2018, the U.S. will need 22 million new college degrees; the nation will fall short of that number by at least 3 million postsecondary degrees. This means not only lost wages for workers, but also lost job creation for state economies. This workshop will address opportunities for state policymakers to impact higher education funding, align pathways leading to employment and develop strategies for meeting the demands for a skilled workforce.


Confirmed Speakers

Michael Baumgartner
Vice President for Finance and Special Projects, Complete College America
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Jason Dudich
Associate Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer, Indiana Commission for Higher Education


Brett Visger
Deputy Chancellor, Institutional Collaboration, Ohio Board of Regents



Michael Baumgartner
Mike Baumgartner joined Complete College America as its vice president for finance and special projects in January 2011. He is CCA’s chief financial officer and is responsible for management of the Completion Innovation Challenge Grants, which were awarded to ten states; management of CCA/NGA Common Completion Metrics collection and reporting efforts; Board of Directors relations; and grant administration and compliance. He is also CCA’s staff lead for work in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Mississippi, and California. Before joining CCA, Mike served for six years as deputy director and executive deputy director at the Illinois Board of Higher Education, where he provided leadership for budgeting and planning, information system, grants, and office financial administration. Prior to his work in Illinois, Mike was the Associate Commissioner for Facilities and Financial Affairs at the Indiana Commission for higher education for five years. He has three degrees in political science: a B.A. from the University of Missouri, an M.A. from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. Back to speakers.