eople 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.
|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.|
|The degrees and certificates earned must meet the business community's expectations fulfilling the constantly changing needs of the Arizona economy.|
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.
*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.