Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Apprenticeships and Higher Ed Ratings

I have not faith that anything ever really happens from State of the Union Speeches due to the gridlock that is DC. But some ideas seem to have some merit from President Obama's speech last night - from Inside Higher Ed - education is always the key to social mobility and that seems to be a prevailing theme in DC
  • President Obama called for expanded access to apprenticeships and improved job training programs at community colleges that are better-aligned with the skills that employers demand. 
  • The fact sheet released by the White House does refer specifically to the “new system of college ratings” to prod colleges to focus on affordability and value but notes that the administration’s agenda also includes partnering with colleges to promote innovation.
No mention of for-profit universities just lots of talk about community colleges.  It will be interesting to see if this plays out at all or if it just ends up with more convenings that lead to reports that sit on a shelf.