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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.


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

VIDEO: Boosting California’s Postsecondary Education Performance

In 2012, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom reached out to the Committee for Economic Development to help develop recommendations to improve the state of California's higher education system.Watch our latest video to see how...

February 27, 2014  |   Blog   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

It’s Not Where You Go, It’s What You Know: How Business Can Help Bridge the Skills Gap

By Steve OdlandA meeting was held in Washington, D.C. today regarding Redesigning Higher Education, convened by Gallup and The Lumina Foundation. Their recent poll of business leaders found that overwhelmingly, when hiring candidates...

February 25, 2014  |   Blog   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

Trustee Bill Lewis on Skill Development in Higher Education

Skill Development in Higher EducationThe conventional wisdom today is that our main national problem at the college and university level of education is providing equal opportunity for entry for all young people and then...

December 19, 2013  |   Blog   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

Boosting California’s Postsecondary Education Performance

With a special foreword from California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, this report examines the state of California’s higher education framework and provides recommendations for improvement.The report addresses issues surrounding...

November 26, 2013  |   Policy Position   |  Postsecondary Education,  |  Education, EducationPostsecondary

Boosting California’s Postsecondary Education Performance: New Report Release

On November 26th, in collaboration with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) released Boosting California’s Postsecondary Education Performance at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club.  The report ...

November 19, 2013  |   Event   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

Ft. Lauderdale Speakers Address Challenges, Advancements in Postsecondary Access and Completion

Last week, the Committee for Economic Development, together with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, convened a panel discussion in Ft. Lauderdale: “Innovations in Learning: Boosting Postsecondary Access & Advancement.” Select speakers sounded off...

July 01, 2013  |   Blog   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

The State of Post-Secondary Education

American competitiveness is in jeopardy.The United States, once a world leader in its highly educated workforce, today ranks 15th globally for adults ages 25-34 with degree attainment. Our older generations are retiring and our...

June 12, 2013  |   Blog EducationPostsecondary

CED Spring Policy Conference

On May 9-10, 2013, CED hosted its Spring Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. at the Willard InterContinental Hotel. The conference convened business and academic leaders with experts and executive and legislative branch officials to discuss...

May 09, 2013  |   Event   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondaryFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal Competitiveness

CED Releases: A New Partnership: The Road to Reshaping Federal & State Financial Aid

On Thursday, January 24, 2013, CED released the policy brief, "A New Partnership: The Road to Reshaping Federal & State Financial Aid", written by Dr. William Doyle, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Department of Leadership, Policy and...

January 24, 2013  |   Blog   |  Postsecondary Education, EducationPostsecondary

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@CEDUpdate We are releasing Part III of our Debt 101 series tomorrow! This piece will focus on the rising cost of health care. Stay tuned!