Solutions for Change in Education

College admission should not be the ultimate goal of education reform.

The Opportunities Project and eBranding Me announce Solutions for Change in Education, a series of white papers that reveal the shortcomings of higher education’s lack of focus on career development initiatives and highlight potential solutions.

In 2011, new college graduates are facing multiple obstacles in their efforts to launch their first careers, including record student loan debt, prolonged unemployment, and growing employer dissatisfaction with their abilities. Because of expanded job searches coupled with large loan payments, most new graduates will not break even on their investment in their bachelor’s degree until more than a decade after they graduate.

Paper #1
The Economic Achievement Gap | No End in Sight

In “The Economic Achievement Gap: No End in Sight,” the first white paper in this series, authors Tracy Brisson, Keith Petri and Justin Mathews summarize alarming economic data that illustrates the true scope of the problems our students face in today’s economy and pose questions about whether college career centers can play a role in improving economic outcomes for new graduates. While there is general consensus that higher education has to change, it will take time. The authors identify four solutions colleges could take immediately that could help current students achieve success in the labor market: (1) admit there’s a college to career gap, (2) teach communication and critical thinking skills via the career center, (3) provide special help to at-risk students, and (4) partner with mission-driven coaches and consultants.

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Learn more about eBranding Me & The Opportunities Project by visiting their websites. Contribute to the conversation on creating change in education by commenting and providing feedback below. Thank you for your interest!

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