Skills Beyond School: The OECD Reports on American Higher Education

In Collaboration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
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On July 10, The New America Foundation hosted the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the launch of a major new assessment of higher education in the United States. The OECD report provides an important outsider’s perspective, on challenges to America’s global standing in postsecondary education outcomes and what lawmakers could and should do to address them. 
 
The report recommends building on the unique strengths of the American postsecondary system and also makes clear that until decades-old problems of quality, coherence, and transparency are addressed, the United States will not continue to lead the world in postsecondary outcomes.  
 
The OECD’s paper serves as the American country report for its Skills Beyond School project, which focuses on the most rapidly growing segment of U.S. higher education, Career and Technical Education (CTE). Research shows that a decade from now one in three American jobs will require a CTE qualification, but the report finds that rising tuition costs, widely varying quality standards, and the growth of for-profit and online alternatives have introduced sizeable risks and complexities into the American higher education market. Using examples from U.S. states and other OECD countries, the report makes recommendations that could benefit CTE programs and higher education as a whole. 
 
A presentation of the OECD’s findings and a series of expert panels that examine the implications of the report’s themes of quality, coherence, and transparency for our nation’s higher education system and economic prosperity are collected here.

Agenda

9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
 
Deputy Director for Higher Education, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation 
 
Brenda Dann-Messier
Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education and Delegated the Authority to Perform the Functions and Duties of the Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
 
9:15 a.m. Overview of Findings 
 
Simon Field
Project Leader, OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD
 
Malgorzata Kuczera
Lead Author, Skills Beyond School American Country Report, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD
 
9:35 a.m. Panel 1: Getting Quality Assurance Right
 
Moderator
Deputy Director for Higher Education, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation
 
Jay Box
Chancellor, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
 
Kay Gilcher
Director of the Accreditation Group, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
 
Andrew Kelly
Director, Center on Higher Education Reform, American Enterprise Institute
 
Iris Palmer
Senior Policy Analyst, Education Division, National Governor’s Association
 
10: 15 a.m. Panel 2: Creating a Coherent System to Meet the Needs of Students and Employers
 
Moderator
Travis Reindl
Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
 
Susan Gallagher
Project Director, National STEM Consortium
 
Dane Linn
Vice President, Business Roundtable
 
David McCord
Director, Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
 
Marlene Seltzer
President and CEO, Jobs for the Future
 
Sandi Vito
Director, 1199SEIU/League Training and Upgrading Fund and Greater New York Education Fund
 
 
11:05 a.m. Panel 3: Toward a Transparent System of Credentialing
 
Moderator
Director, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation
 
Sharon Boivin
Acting Associate Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics
 
Anthony Carnevale
Director and Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
 
Roy Swift
Senior Director, Personnel Credentialing Accreditation, American National Standards Institute
 
Brent Weil
Senior Vice President and Treasurer, National Association of Manufacturers
 
11:50 a.m. Closing Remarks
 
Johan Uvin
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education 
 
 

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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