Even as college attendance is skyrocketing in other parts of the world, many of America's students face economic and educational barriers preventing them from continuing their education past high school. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is committed to breaking down these barriers.
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.