Professors and teachers have played important parts in getting students to and through college. But nobody has played a longer or more important role than their parents. If only we could equip and empower more mothers and fathers to get fully behind their children's education, our college graduation rate would be much higher than it is.
A problem in higher education is not that poor and middle-income students lack the credentials to gain acceptance at top schools; many are highly-qualified. But they are not applying for a myriad of reasons -- starting with sticker shock.
American educators must not lose sight of the monumentally important task that we must achieve with each graduating class, and that is meeting the workforce demands of a 21st Century global economy and preparing students for a prosperous future.
We believe that more must be done to substantially increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing college degrees in the STEM fields.
Mentors can help young students create a vision for their future and understand what they need to do to reach their goals and their full potential. Mentors provide opportunities for academic and personal growth.
Getting America back to work is a top priority for President Obama. The nation's community colleges now offer proven solutions to high unemployment. But they all need additional help from Washington to educate young people, guide career-changers and train displaced workers.
One buzzword that has persisted for decades is "outcomes," which nobly focuses on student performance. In theory measuring learning outcomes should be easy, but in truth, there are so many factors influencing outcomes that are beyond our control.
Our Opportunity Index uses more than a dozen data points to rank every state and assign almost every county in America an opportunity grade ranging from "A" for excellent to "F" for failing.
Community colleges work with businesses, workforce boards and organizations and leaders in the community to identify and address the training needs of the workforce.
A generation of young people in, or heading towards, college are asking if it's worth it. These are Millennials, and they are trying to make sense of a post secondary education premise that is difficult to defend in the 21st century.