Michael HornPeople power is at the center of the knowledge economy. At no previous time has development of human capital been so important to Arizona. In 2012, nearly 80% of jobs in the U.S. required at least some college. Likewise, Arizona expects 2/3 of all new jobs to require some postsecondary credential. This one and one-half day conference is designed for policy makers, business leaders, college access professionals, and education leaders to learn about and discuss innovative strategies that work.

K-12 education reform is underway in Arizona: standards have been elevated, common core curriculum is being implemented, and college and career readiness is a statewide goal. Now higher education leaders must address Arizona's two greatest human development challenges.

1.Postsecondary education must produce a workforce that will drive Arizona's economy. Today only 26% of Arizonans over 25 years of age have completed a college degree. Furthermore, an unfulfilled opportunity exists in the 26% of adult Arizonans who have some college.
2.The degrees and certificates earned must meet the business community's expectations fulfilling the constantly changing needs of the Arizona economy.

Innovation in higher education has never been more abundant.

Senator Chester Crandall  

This conference begins with an examination of the higher education environment as seen through the lens of innovation by keynote speaker Michael B. Horn, co-author of Disrupting College: How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability to Postsecondary Education.

On the second day, panelists Senator Chester Crandell and Representative Jeff Dial will present a preview of the 2014 Legislative and policy agenda.

Join your colleagues, policymakers, and business leaders in charting the direction for Arizona's future postsecondary education system.

  Representative Jeff Dial

*Mr. Horn is the co-founder and Executive Director of Education at the Innosight Institute which is a not-for-profit think tank devoted to applying theories of disruptive innovation to the social sector.

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