Postsecondary degree attainment has been a major factor in driving America's economic gains over the last 40 years. America's postsecondary education system is the nation's incubator for human capital, and an educated citizenry encourages innovation, and ultimately, a more prosperous country. CED believes that American post- secondary education – so long an engine of economic growth and opportunity – is faltering, and that an informed and mobilized business community can make an enormous difference in identifying, framing, and supporting critical reform strategies. We believe that business engagement is necessary to a successful postsecondary education reform effort, and we are recruiting and developing a cadre of educated business champions who will advocate for reforms that will help improve the education attainment of all students and increase the number with valuable postsecondary degrees or certificates.

What's Driving Up the Cost of College?

May 17, 2016  |   CED in the News   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

Can Apprenticeships Boost Millennials' Job Prospects?

February 11, 2016  |   CED in the News   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

Cindy Cisneros in Pearson: Employers Elevate Employees’ Education Attainment

November 17, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

CED's Monica Herk Opines on the New College Compact

August 11, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

Why Don't Students Demand More Career Information From Colleges?

July 28, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  College- and Career-Ready, EducationPostsecondary

Bridging the Skills Gap: How Businesses Promote Educational Attainment

July 08, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationBusiness Boosting EducationPostsecondary

Cindy Cisneros in Ideas Lab: How Business Can Increase Education to Decrease Unemployment

June 24, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationBusiness Boosting EducationK-12Postsecondary

Wall Street Journal Features CED’s Monica Herk on Higher Ed Reform

May 20, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Education,  |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

U.S. Companies More Likely to Focus on Training

April 22, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationEducationPostsecondary


By Joe Minarik Senior Vice President and Director of Research  Last week’s GDP growth numbers grabbed a lot of attention.  The initial first quarter estimate, released in late April, was as...

July 02, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, EducationPostsecondaryFiscal HealthEconomic Growth

Trustee Jon Whitmore: Educational Development is Economic Development

This month, more than three million students will graduate from high schools across the United States. At ACT, we are proud to note that more than half these students will be graduating having taken the...

May 12, 2014  |   Blog   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondaryGlobal Competitiveness

Spring Policy Conference, May 1-2, 2014: Washington, DC

Please join the Committee for Economic Development for our two-day Spring Policy Conference on May 1-2, 2014.This year’s program will feature in-depth conversations with senior leaders, CEOs, economists, and policy makers, on early...

May 01, 2014  |   Event   |  Early Learning,  |  Fiscal Health, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceJudicial Independence and SelectionEducationEarly ChildhoodForeign LanguagesK-12PostsecondaryFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetHealth CareTax ReformGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment

Trustee Blog: Paula Stern on Importance of More Careers in Computer Science

March was yet another month of lackluster growth, with the unemployment rate unchanged at 6.7%.  (America lacks a quick, comprehensive way to measure the losses of “underemployment.”)  Americans not working at full...

April 04, 2014  |   Blog Democratic InstitutionsEducationK-12Postsecondary

Luncheon Forum with CA Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

        Boosting California’s Postsecondary Education Performance          A Luncheon Forum Featuring         California Lieutenant Governor Gavin...

March 28, 2014  |   Event   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

Automatic for the Borrower: How Repayment Based on Income Can Reduce Loan Defaults and Manage Risk

CED, a non-research member of the Gates Foundation’s Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) initiative, is pleased to share the group's final report recommendations on improving income-based student loan repayment options.

March 27, 2014  |   Policy Position EducationPostsecondary

CED Luncheon on Federal Student Loan Reform

As part of the Gates Foundation’s Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) initiative, the Committee for Economic Development and its fellow consortium members will host a luncheon on Thursday, March 20, from 12:00 p.m. ...

March 20, 2014  |   Event   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

View from the Fishbowl

By Cindy Cisneros Director of Education Programs Committee for Economic DevelopmentView from the FishbowlCED is currently working on an 18-month research project funded by the Lumina Foundation that identifies promising business practices for...

March 18, 2014  |   Blog   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationK-12Postsecondary

Addressing the Skills Gap

Today, with 6.7% of the country unemployed yet unable to fill four million open positions, many are questioning a “skills gap” in American workers. With funding from the Lumina Foundation, CED is embarking...

March 12, 2014  |   Blog   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

Trustee James Bacchus: The Pacific Alliance is quietly revolutionizing world trade

By James BacchusThe most important trade initiative in the world may be the one that has been most ignored, at least outside the few countries currently and directly involved – the Pacific Alliance.Almost...

March 07, 2014  |   Blog EducationPostsecondaryFiscal HealthEconomic Growth

Federal Student Financial Aid Reform: Preliminary Recommendations for Grants and Work Study

A five member coalition, comprised of the Committee for Economic Development, Excelencia in Education, the Center for Law and Social Policy, the College Board and National Urban League, will be hosting an event...

March 05, 2014  |   Event   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

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@CEDUpdate In 1957, CED released "Economic Development Assistance," a blueprint with recommendations for achieving independenc……