CSG Takes Lead Role in Pushing for College Readiness
LEXINGTON, Ky.—An estimated 60 percent of jobs in the U.S will require postsecondary education by 2018, experts say. Yet in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available, only about one person in three was enrolled in postsecondary education. In an age of increased global competitiveness for jobs, that lack of higher education places this country at a distinct disadvantage for future economic growth and prosperity.
While the nation’s education leaders are firmly united in their belief that improving access to postsecondary education must be one of America’s top priorities, they are less certain about what are the best policies and programmatic solutions to reach that goal.
The Council of State Governments is bringing together leaders from some of the nation’s pre-eminent education organizations, as well as state education leaders who have led the push for greater postsecondary access, to begin answering the question of what works. The National Advisory Council on Postsecondary Education Access will convene March 10-12 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Following the meeting, CSG will develop a comprehensive strategy to increase the number of students who are academically, financially and socially prepared for college.
This meeting will build on the foundation of the initial September 2009 summit of CSG’s National Advisory Council on Postsecondary Education Access. The organizations participating in this year’s advisory council meeting include: The Lumina Foundation for Education, Educational Policy Institute, American Association of Community Colleges, The College Board, Achieve, Institute for Higher Education Policy, National Education Association, James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Jobs for the Future and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, in addition to state legislators and executive branch officials.
The advisory council is funded through an educational grant from CSG’s 21stCentury Foundation. The report CSG will develop after the meeting will be distributed to state and institutional policymakers to help guide them as they consider policies and programmatic solutions that will ensure every student who wants to enroll in college is given that opportunity. Contact CSG for interview opportunities for National Advisory Council participants.
The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.