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.
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Dr. Martha Laboissiere, Associate Principal of McKinsey & Company and co-author of "Winning by Degrees" will be the keynote speaker for day two. Her focus will be on education to employment.