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Collins, Michael – Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
Debate over the "skills gap" and how to address it has consumed considerable space in discussions about U.S. higher education, workforce development, and economic strength. The conventional narrative describes a fundamental mismatch between the skills that employers say they need in their employees and the skills that jobseekers possess,…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Education Work Relationship, Employment Potential, Higher Education
Carnevale, Anthony P.; Campbell, Kathryn Peltier; Cheah, Ban; Fasules, Megan L.; Gulish, Artem; Quinn, Michael C.; Sablan, Jenna R.; Smith, Nicole; Strohl, Jeff; Barrese, Sarah – Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
In this report, we present the results of a thought experiment in which we estimated the potential costs and benefits to society of achieving equality in educational attainment and related workforce outcomes by race/ethnicity, class, and gender. We conducted this thought experiment to clarify the role that education can play in reducing…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Equal Education, Educational Attainment, Ethnicity
Carnevale, Anthony P.; Campbell, Kathryn Peltier; Cheah, Ban; Fasules, Megan L.; Gulish, Artem; Quinn, Michael C.; Sablan, Jenna R.; Smith, Nicole; Strohl, Jeff; Barrese, Sarah – Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
Many Americans would agree that all people should have equal educational opportunity and equal pay for equal work. And yet, inequality in postsecondary education access, college completion, and post-college outcomes such as wages stubbornly persists, along with the impression that achieving equal outcomes would be too expensive and would take too…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Equal Education, Educational Attainment, Ethnicity
DiBenedetto, Katelyn; Peters, Eleanor Eckerson; Voight, Mamie – Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
Many of the gender and racial wage gaps found in society are also seen within higher education, with less diversity among college administrators, faculty, and staff than the United States population as a whole. Postsecondary institutions alone cannot correct the systemic inequities that limit socioeconomic mobility and racial justice, but they can…
Descriptors: Equal Opportunities (Jobs), College Faculty, Diversity (Faculty), Disproportionate Representation
Marken, Stephanie – Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
Although extensive research exists about the short- and long-term outcomes of a college degree, researchers, leaders, and education consumers still lack a common definition of the value of postsecondary education. Creating an equity-focused definition of postsecondary value would provide important focus for education leaders, encouraging each of…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Higher Education, College Graduates, Well Being
DiBenedetto, Katelyn; Peters, Eleanor Eckerson; Voight, Mamie – Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
As community anchors, postsecondary institutions have a responsibility to equitably increase and distribute resources in a way that improves the economic and cultural vitality of the community and its residents. This paper outlines two ways in which institutions can contribute value as engaged community members: as equitable economic engines; and…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Economic Development, Community Development, College Role
Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
Postsecondary education can offer individuals the opportunity to earn a livable wage and build a better life for themselves and their families, while also fostering a healthier and more democratic society. Yet, postsecondary education must do more to dismantle its own inequitable policies and practices, which play a role in perpetuating and…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Social Justice, Social Mobility, Economic Factors
Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
This is the executive summary for the report, "Equitable Value: Promoting Economic Mobility and Social Justice through Postsecondary Education." The Postsecondary Value Commission's work offers three equity-centered tools to identify, measure, and address inequities in access, completion, and post-college outcomes: (1) a definition of…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Social Justice, Social Mobility, Economic Factors
Addo, Fenaba R. – Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
The economic value students derive from postsecondary education relies on both earnings and wealth outcomes. And while sufficient earnings can create economic stability, wealth--which is the total value of assets (what one owns) minus total value of liabilities or debts (what one owes)--is key to the security necessary to withstand life's…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Family Financial Resources, Student Loan Programs, College Students
Arum, Richard; Eccles, Jacquelynne S.; Heckhausen, Jutta; Orona, Gabe A.; von Keyserlingk, Luise; Wegemer, Christopher M.; Wright, Charles E.; Yamaguchi-Pedroza, Katsumi – Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
In the past decade, public sentiment has shifted increasingly to question the value of a college education. These concerns have diverse causes, including the rising cost and questions about the return on investment of higher education, the growing precariousness and insecurity of middle-class households regarding paying for higher education, and…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Undergraduate Students, Student Development, Cognitive Ability
Elliott, Kayla C.; Jones, Tiffany – Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
Currently, to prepare students, colleges and universities use strategies like diversity courses, hiring diverse faculty, tracking who gets access to which academic programs by race/ethnicity, and equipping faculty to re-design curricula and practices that reflect today's diverse students. Strategies for measuring higher education's success at…
Descriptors: College Students, College Role, Change Agents, Social Justice
Cheng, Diane – Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
There are a number of ways that student investment can be measured, including full cost of attendance (COA, also known as sticker price), net price (COA minus grant aid), and opportunity costs in the form of forgone earnings. This paper explores those options and makes recommendations for how student investment should be measured with ideal data…
Descriptors: Measurement Techniques, Student Costs, Investment, College Students
Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
The "action agenda" is a key deliverable for the Postsecondary Value Commission that outlines policies and practices that institutional leaders, federal policymakers, and state policymakers should implement to address systemic barriers that prevent Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and AAPI students, students from low-income backgrounds, and…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Access to Education, Student Costs, Graduation
Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
The Postsecondary Value Commission proposes a framework for how institutions and the bodies that govern them can ensure that Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals, individuals from low-income backgrounds, and women have equitable opportunities to achieve economic mobility. This…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Outcomes of Education, Minority Group Students, Low Income Students
Postsecondary Value Commission, 2021
The Postsecondary Value Framework sets wealth accumulation as a key indicator of postsecondary value. Postsecondary education's impact on wealth-building is especially salient for students of color, who tend to start a financial step behind their more privileged White counterparts due to the longstanding racial wealth gap. The racial wealth gaps…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Outcomes of Education, Economic Impact, Racial Differences
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