The degree to which college students are capable of successfully moving from matriculation to graduation, described as “retention” or “persistence,” should be a concern for all of us. Employers regularly complain that the skills needed for the workplace are lacking. Policy wonks lament the declining ratio of productive workers to retirees, now about three to one, down drastically from decades ago – an ominous threat to the solvency of the Social Security system, as well as the viability of the economy and the health care system.Read More
In a discussion of high school graduation, the transition to college, and obstacles that must be overcome, CHERE Director David Johnston was interviewed on WNPR, along with local college students higher education leaders and local higher education reporters.Read More
Higher education seems to be splitting into two different socioeconomic camps: one for high school grads coming from "advantage" backgrounds (increasingly the minority of college-bound students), heading off to pricey private colleges or prestigious state universities (e.g., UConn), and the growing majority of underrepresented, first generation and otherwise challenged students often lacking the "back home" support to thrive in higher ed.Read More
For generations past, graduation from high school was adequate and more or less guaranteed employability at a living wage. College was for the rich and otherwise privileged minority on their way to a business or professional career, and to continued advantage.
That division of labor, well-suited to an economy in need of many trainable entry-level employees, no longer meets our economic and social needs. Education and skill requirements for an increasing number of 21st century jobs continue to escalate.Read More
CHERE Director David Johnston discussed the upcoming Student Debt and Financial Aid conference on Waterbury radio station WATR on March 25. The conference was rescheduled due to weather predictions and was held on April 17. Veterantalk show host Larry Rifkin and Johnston discussed some of the critical issues faced by students in financing their education, and the long-term ramifications – a preview of the upcoming conference.Read More