The California State University Chancellor Tim White on what the university system is doing to tackle the state's impending degree drought. Read the full post here: http://lnkd.in/college-degrees-californias-other-drought
In California, the word ‘drought’ dominates the news. As the nation’s most productive agricultural state, California’s declining water supply is indeed a crisis for the U.S.
But, California is facing another crisis of equal importance and national consequence: a degree drought of nearly 1 million graduates. This shortfall places the future prosperity of the nation’s most populous state—and the U.S.— at serious risk.
CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 aims to increase four-year and six-year graduation rates over the next decade, while closing the achievement gap by half for historically underserved and low-income students by half. The CSU will do this by adopting practices that more deeply engage students in their subjects, building stronger connections between students, their peers and faculty, and demonstrating the connection between learning and future career paths.
Here’s more on how the CSU will address the most pressing issues of our time: remaining competitive in the global marketplace, finding ways to lower student debt and educational costs, and solving the problems of systemic socioeconomic inequality.
A path to high-skill, high-wage careers
Without adequate numbers of high-quality teachers, engineers, nurses, social workers, geologists, and business leaders, California’s long-term economic and social success will be negatively affected.
In fact, the long-term solutions needed to fix California’s other drought – a water drought – will likely be discovered by graduates from California’s public universities.
The CSU’s Agricultural Research Initiative, the Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology and the Water Resources and Policy Initiative are all tackling various aspects of the drought. These initiatives stand among many statewide, multi-campus partnerships working on important industry and public policy issues. The students involved in these efforts will graduate with high-demand skills that will set them apart in the public and private sector.
This represents one of many fields in which the CSU is working to close an achievement gap that holds back growth and innovation in the state.