The Alliance for Excellent Education
Presents a Webinar
College and Career Readiness:
What Does It Really Mean?
Part 2: Business and Higher Education Perspectives
JD Hoye, President, National Academy Foundation
Cynthia Schmeiser, Education Consultant and Senior Advisor, ACT
Susan Traiman, Director of Public Policy, Business Roundtable
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education
The national conversation around education has shifted from baseline academic proficiency to rigorous preparation for college and the twenty-first-century workplace. This shift comes as many college faculty and employers note that students graduating from American high schools are not prepared for postsecondary education or workplace demands. The pervasive lack of college readiness among graduating high school students is demonstrated by low college attendance and graduation rates as well as high remediation costs.
To address this shift in how public schools prepare students for the challenges of postsecondary education and the workplace, policymakers must have a clear understanding of what a college- and career-ready education means for students, teachers, schools, and external stakeholders. This policy conversation raises some important questions:
- What knowledge, skills and dispositions matter most to business leaders and higher education officials?
- What policy infrastructures—federal, state, and local—are necessary to ensure the delivery of these knowledge, skills, and dispositions?
- How can business and higher education stakeholders play a more active role in