The subject of higher education reform has brought policymakers, business leaders, educators and education stakeholders together at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce forum for a call to action. The U.S. Chamber will plan on co-hosting an event tomorrow, “Getting to Work: What Students and Employers Need from Higher Education” with Young Invincibles in Washington, D.C., and they hope to discuss how we can better the nation’s education system.
Recently President Barack Obama has discussed his plans to promote technology and innovation in education, and to push for more opportunities for disadvantaged youth to attend preschool. The president has acknowledged the lack of preparation for the job force compared to other countries in his speech, and has mentioned other programs and possible alternatives for those who believe a more traditional academic route is not for them.
“Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering,” as transcribed by the Los Angeles Times.
The forum wants to deliver the message that higher education provides the opportunity for success, but it does not guarantee it. They would like to talk about ways they can improve education for those who seek that path, while providing alternatives for those in different situations.
Attendees at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce forum understand the importance of education, and by saying this they are aware the associated programs that go along with education, such as our federal financial aid systems, need to be fixed so students who choose to go to college can actually do so and complete their degrees.
Education reform is a key to solving quite a few of our nation’s problems when you look at it from an economic perspective. Reviewing all aspects of the higher education system will only better prepare our future generations and those involved in the system looking to enter the job force. This will, in return, create a greater number of confident and more informed citizens operating in a more productive environment.