SREB offers a concentration of programs, expertise and data in the areas below. Contact a staff member for assistance, research or membership in these resources.
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SREB’s leadership in career and technical education spans decades and includes the nation’s largest school improvement network, turnkey curricula, research, and statewide policy recommendations. SREB helps states, districts and schools design and build career pathways for the critical transition from high school to postsecondary studies and the workplace.
Career pathways have the power to close critical credential attainment and skills gaps.
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 at two- or four-year colleges.
Increasing the percentage students who begin college without the need for remedial courses can reduce the cost of college and improve college graduation rates.
SREB’s recommendations and programs to help states improve readiness for all students center on five essential elements:
1. Statewide Readiness Standards in Literacy and Math
2. Junior-Year Progress Assessments
3. Senior-Year Transitional Courses
4. Postsecondary Alignment and Use of the Readiness Standards and Assessments
5. State-Level Accountability for Increasing Readiness
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.
Community colleges enroll almost half of U.S. undergrads. To help states increase college completion, SREB serves states with data for two-year institutions, policy recommendations, and programs to smooth the transition from high school.
Increasing Faculty Diversity
More than one-third of America’s college students are people of color. But racial and ethnic minorities make up only small fractions of college faculty. Nationwide, about 5 percent of faculty are African-American, about 3 percent are Hispanic and about 1 percent are Native American. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program is working to change that.
The goal: more minority Ph.D. students who seek
careers as faculty on college campuses
A thriving workforce is at the heart of SREB’s mission to improve education and help states build robust economies. We are committed to helping state leaders find solutions to the challenge of preparing children, youth and adults for a changing workplace. SREB commissions, school improvement programs and data focus how schools and colleges can prepare students for the world of work.