ERIC Number: ED366403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Mobilizing for Competitiveness: Linking Education and Training to Jobs. A Call to Action from the California Business Roundtable. Summary.
California Business Roundtable.; BW Associates, Berkeley, CA.
Prepared by the California Business Roundtable to help mobilize public and practice action in California, this report offers a vision for a comprehensive education and training system suited to the 21st century and proposes goals and strategies for its implementation. The report provides a framework for viewing K-12 education, community colleges, the University of California, the California State University, other postsecondary institutions, and job training programs as part of a single system that should be closely linked to employment. The first section of the report outlines the educational and economic problems currently facing California, including the lack of a coordinated education and training system, the failure of reform to keep pace with the need for change, and the insufficient involvement of education in economic restructuring. The next section presents a vision of a seamless system of lifelong education and training that offers every Californian the opportunity to learn basic skills and habits of mind that are the foundation for successful careers and full participation in our society. Next, three goals and related strategies are set forth: (1) create a coherent education and training system by establishing an education and economic development council, a legislative master plan, an infrastructure of certificates and degrees, organized adult basic education, and a system of one-stop services; (2) upgrade education and training to world-class standards by setting standards, shifting to performance-based accountability, accelerating K-12 reform, innovating at community colleges, and integrating technology for learning; and (3) mobilize higher education and generate resources to support a business shift to high skills and high wages. The final section offers a summary of goals, strategies, and policy options. (AC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Business Roundtable.; BW Associates, Berkeley, CA.