ERIC Number: EJ1009900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
The Leaking U.S. Educational Pipeline and Its Implications for the Future
Torraco, Richard J.; Hamilton, David W.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v37 n3 p237-241 2013
We examine the United States educational pipeline and the relationship between our nation's current educational policy, which results in the loss of substantial numbers of students from our education system, and the social and economic consequences of maintaining our current policies. Projections of changes in those moving through the educational pipeline--the supply of future workers--are compared with the demand for educated workers in the future labor force. While the educational requirements for jobs in the next decade are rising, the education and skills of those who will be in the workforce during this period are declining. If this mismatch between the high skills of future jobs and the declining education levels of the workforce is not addressed, the U.S. will likely face long-term social and economic consequences. The relationship between U.S. educational policy and its consequences is explored, and the implications for educational policy and practice, especially for community colleges, are discussed.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Policy, Educational Attainment, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Education Work Relationship, Population Trends, Adult Basic Education, Remedial Instruction, Job Skills, Academic Persistence, Student Attrition
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Basic Education
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