We are pleased to see a growing recognition within Congress of the need to make basic, but critical, information about the return on investment in higher education available to students and families. As anxiety over student debt and college costs reaches new heights, the public is increasingly questioning the benefit of a college degree. Information about the value of specific degrees will allow those directly affected by higher education—students, families, taxpayers, policymakers, institutions, and employers—to make informed decisions. We applaud those members of Congress who have put specific proposals forward.
On October 4th, President Obama announced the launch of a new national program, Skills for America's Future, which will focus on public-private partnerships between businesses and community colleges.
ICW, Business Champions, Inc and its other collaborating partners have come together to identify, recruit, and educate business people so they can speak out in support of policies that expand access and success in postsecondary education.
The overarching goal of the Business for STEM Education initiative is to develop a national movement for the advancement of quality standards and instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).