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Governors Link Success of Universities and Colleges to Needs of Marketplace

Posted by Maisha Meminger - On April 12, 2011 (EST)

Governors and state policymakers have come to realize that higher education, including community colleges, four-year colleges and research universities, cannot help drive economic growth in their states unless students' academic training is linked to the needs of the marketplace, according to a report released today (March 23) by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).

Degrees for What Jobs? discusses how governors and policymakers in some states are demonstrating that state governments–through leadership, policy decisions and funding strategies–can help higher education institutions recognize and embrace the critical role they play in preparing a state's workforce for 21st century jobs that will enable the state to prosper in the new economy.

These pioneering states have taken the following steps, which can serve as a guide for others, to strengthen universities and colleges as agents of workforce preparation and sources of more opportunity, more growth and more competitive advantages in the following ways:

Set clear expectations for higher education's role in economic development;
Emphasize rigorous use of labor market data and other sources to define goals and priorities;
Encourage employers' input in higher education;
Require public higher education institutions to collect and publicly report impacts; and
Emphasize performance as an essential factor in funding.

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