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Today’s workplace requires most Americans to have some form of education beyond high school. Yet more than half of high school students are not graduating well-prepared to be successful in credit-bearing, entry-level courses in colleges or technical schools.
Solving this problem is complex and requires navigating many educational issues on a statewide level. SREB is tackling the challenge head-on, with work to help states in a number of areas.
Creating jobs is a top priority in the Southern states, and a better-educated workforce is an important strategy. SREB’s college completion initiatives urge states to adopt policies that will substantially increase the number of residents who complete a postsecondary credential each year.
The goal: a higher percentage of state residents who hold college degrees or certificates
State goals to increase college completion and close achievement gaps depend, in large part, on public community colleges. They enroll almost half of U.S. undergraduate students and the vast majority of those least likely to earn a degree. Community colleges are affordable and accessible. And yet too few students complete degrees, certificates or transfers.
Policies to Promote Effective Teaching
The most important thing a school can do for a student’s education is to be sure she has a good teacher. Ensuring all students have effective teachers puts them on the path to succeed in the classroom, graduate well-prepared for college and the workplace, and become productive citizens who contribute to the prosperity of their communities.