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Educational Attainment

The Urgency of Increasing Higher Education Attainment in America

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Jamie Merisotis

New data reveal that our country risks falling behind in a global race -- the competition for innovation and, above all else, talent -- unless actions are taken now to significantly increase postsecondary attainment.

Smart Growth: Creating Sustainable Cities Through Higher Education

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Jamie Merisotis

The benefits of increased college attainment go beyond economics. Significant social benefits ripple out as well: greater civic and social engagement, higher rates of voter participation and volunteerism, healthier lifestyles, less dependence on public assistance.

Attainment Agenda Not The Enemy of Quality, But The Friend of Affordability

Dr. Jamie Williamson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Jamie Williamson

If institutions sacrifice quality to decrease costs, they will decrease their potential to attract and retain students. In the long run, sacrificing quality to increase affordability just won't work. We have to increase affordability in other ways.

The Urgency of Now: Beyond Fisher

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 09.15.2013 | College
Jamie Merisotis

The Fisher decision revives a longstanding debate about the tradeoffs between equity and excellence. In truth, American society can ill afford to make a choice between the two.

Fixing America's Talent Problem

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 08.13.2013 | College
Jamie Merisotis

As a nation, our collective response to this challenge will most certainly define our economic and social well-being for decades to come. We are a nation of producers and it's time for us to start producing the talent we need to meet future workforce and civic needs.

Graduation Rates Are Not the Only Measure of Educational Success

David Paul | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
David Paul

Graduating from college is a threshold step in the American dream. Not just for students, but for their families, and for past and future generations. When we focus our attention only on the students, we tend to lose sight of the trans-generational significance of higher education.

Indiana Commission: Increasing Education Attainment An Urgent Priority

Kokomo Tribune, Ind. | Lindsey Ziliak | Posted 01.15.2013 | Education

The Indiana Commission on Higher Education had a clear message for Howard County Wednesday night: increasing educational attainment here is an urgent ...

Gene Demby

Obama's New Initiative For Black Students | Gene Demby | Posted 07.25.2012 | Black Voices

Tonight President Obama is set to announce a new initiative meant to help more African American students finish high school and graduate from college...

Balancing Heritage and Leadership: A Call to Action

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 12.14.2011 | Latino Voices
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

What if instead of continuing to celebrate only heritage, we celebrated our collective Latino leadership? What if we punctuated this year's Hispanic Heritage Month by putting that leadership into action?

Lifelong Learning For A Stronger Workforce

William D. Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
William D. Green

When real economic growth finally takes hold and unemployment rates fall, it might seem easy to believe that the American workforce can return to business as usual. But positive numbers alone will not be enough to predict future success.

Rethinking Higher Education From the Ground Up

Tara Lemmey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tara Lemmey

America is facing a crisis in higher education. From the UC student protests over fee hikes, to repeated warnings from business and policy leaders that we are not graduating enough competitive workers.