We are “woefully unprepared” - Every state needs to make major changes to meet 21st century challenges.
Jeff Frantz (215) 898-3269 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rising tuition prices and student debt loads have come to dominate the debate over the future of higher education in the United States. But a new report from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) finds that in order to understand the obstacles to making college accessible and affordable, leaders must consider, but look beyond college sticker price and state appropriations.
The College Opportunity Risk Assessment is the first state-by-state analytic tool to compare the many intersecting risks to postsecondary educational opportunity, such as how a state prepares its high school students, how it engages non-traditional college students, how it supports minority students, and the state’s fiscal health and stability.
The assessment includes a risk ranking for all 50 states, and an examination of where each state is most at risk. Among researcher Joni Finney’s findings:
“The world has changed, but our public policies haven’t,” Finney said. “We’re still touting the successes of a system designed in the wake of World War II to allow 30 to 40 percent of the country, drawn mostly from white, affluent backgrounds, to earn a college degree even though that system now leaves us woefully unprepared for the challenges of the 21st century.”
What should policymakers prioritize to get on track? Finney has these suggestions:
A professor of practice at Penn GSE and the director of the Institute for Research on Higher Education, Finney has spent her career helping policymakers and higher education leaders understand the challenges making postsecondary education accessible and affordable to a wide range of American students. This risk assessment follows the Measuring Up reports Finney co-authored as vice president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and her College Affordability Diagnosis.
The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education is one of the nation’s premier research education schools. No other education school enjoys a university environment as supportive of practical knowledge building as the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania. The School is notably entrepreneurial, launching innovative degree programs for practicing professionals and unique partnerships with local educators, and the first-ever business plan competition devoted exclusively to educational products and programs.