Improved College Access the Goal for Utah Education Leaders, REL West, Southwest Comprehensive Center
Strengthening and accelerating efforts to increase college readiness, access, and success for all Utah students were the key items discussed in Salt Lake City at an event that brought together the state’s K–16 education leaders.
Some 150 invited participants heard a keynote address by William Tierney, Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy at the University of Southern California.
Tierney presented the research-based recommendations in Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do, a Practice Guide published by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education.
Pamela Perlich, Senior Research Economist in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, and Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Utah, presented current demographic, education, and economic data, as they relate to the recommended practices.
To frame discussion on policy issues, three recent reports on recommendations to improve college access and success in Utah were presented by a panel that included Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry Shumway; Commissioner of Higher Education William Sederburg; and Mark Bouchard, Senior Managing Director of CB Richard Ellis Salt Lake City, who represented Governor Gary Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission.
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