SARASOTA, Fla. (September 11, 2012) The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), an affiliate of the U.S Chamber of Commerce has awarded The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce one of five national grants in support of the release of Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Post-Secondary Education. The grants will help The Chamber host activities that advance public policy in higher education while informing the community on how their state’s education system is performing.
“Greater engagement by the business community in postsecondary education is vital to ensuring the nation’s education systems are preparing students for the jobs of 21st century economy,” said Cheryl Oldham, Vice President of ICW. “Currently, there are three million jobs that remain unfilled partially due to an unskilled workforce. These five organizations understand the critical role that the business community plays in aligning education with workforce needs.”
The other grant recipients are Association of Washington Business Institute, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Texas Association of Business.
“With 90% of the fastest growing jobs requiring some form of postsecondary education, states must address the critical issues facing higher education,” Oldham said. “Unlike the K-12 education system, our higher education system is not nearly ambitious enough about what’s its measuring, and this lack of data limits our ability to assess where we stand and where improvement is necessary. “
Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Post-Secondary Education is the 3rd edition of the Leaders & Laggards series, the report provides a state-by-state analysis on how public higher education is performing in areas including return on investment, transparency, and innovation. The report also provides recommendation to states on how to improve in these areas.
The Chamber program titled Florida’s Postsecondary Education: Challenges & Opportunities is scheduled for Friday, November 9, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. For more information contact Amy Mosshart at firstname.lastname@example.org or (941) 556-4038