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2 Thanks to Our Sponsors University of South Alabama Mobile County Public Schools Mobile Area Education Foundation United Way of Southwest AL

3 The Education Commission A coalition of civic, educational, and business leaders organized to oversee the alignment of policies and practices affecting education in Greater Mobile. Richard L. Hayes, University of South Alabama

4 Educational Oversight The Education Commission will monitor progress, communicate findings to the public, engage and convene key informants around issues of public interest in education and workforce development, and serve as the coordinating body for key partners in ensuring every child is prepared for entrance into college or a career upon high school graduation. Richard L. Hayes, University of South Alabama

5 A Lesson Learned What is needed is the systemic integration and alignment of our efforts into an educational ecosystem aligned with a central and compelling vision of what it means to be an educated citizen of Mobile. [Re-] > Richard L. Hayes, University of South Alabama What is needed is the systemic integration and alignment of our efforts into an educational ecosystem aligned with a central and compelling vision of what it means to be an educated citizen of Mobile

6 In Memoriam James Lowe, Jr. President Bishop State Community College

7 ALABAMA by the numbers

8 Educational Attainment in AL Educational Attainment in AL 31.9% of 2.5 million working-age adults (25-64) hold a two- or four-year degree. 33.4% of young adults (25-34) hold a two or four year degree. At the current rate, 38% of Alabama’s adult population will hold a college degree in 2025 by adding 514,000 degrees to the total.

9 I N J UST T HE N EXT F OUR Y EARS 373,00 of the expected 680,000 job vacancies in Alabama will require post-secondary education and 55% of all jobs will require post-secondary education.

10 Who and How Many are Graduating? In school year 2011–12, some 3.1 million public high school students, or 81 percent, graduated on time with a regular diploma. Source: National Center for Education Statistics TotalWhiteHispanicBlackAsian/PI Alabama USA

11 Are Alabama’s High School Graduates Prepared? Of Alabama’s 44,751 high school graduates in 2013, 22,915 enrolled in an Alabama public college or university. Yet, 31.8% of these students were enrolled in remedial classes in math, English, or both during the Fall 2013 college semester. Of Mobile County’s 3,362* graduates that year, 34.1% (range = 17.3%-69.8%) of those who enrolled in a college or university in Alabama tested into one or more remedial classes. * Based on 12 high schools

12 AL 4-year Graduation Rate AL 4-year Graduation Rate Source: National Center for Education Statistics th Grade High School Graduate College Freshman College Graduate

13 A C HANGING L ANDSCAPE FOR H IGHER E DUCATION Global growth of unemployment Declining number of jobs for unskilled and semi-skilled workers Diminishing financial support for higher education Innovative experimentation with technology Increasing pressure to increase enrollment Increasing use of IP-based educational digital content, social networking, open licensing Growing demand for life-long learning

14 College isn’t what it used to be … Increased Demand for Informal Short Courses Proliferation of Certification Programs Increased Access to Intellectual Capital Diversification of Teaching Methods Diversification of Learning Styles Variability in Time and Place and won’t be again.

15 S O W HAT ’ S T O B E D ONE ? Articulate Goals and Expectations Create Pathways and Supports Develop Measurable Outcomes W HAT IS THE ROLE FOR POST - SECONDARY EDUCATION IN IMPROVING THE EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ALL OUR STUDENTS ?

16 The College of Education Founders Day lecture was established in 2007 to recognize the significant contributions by its faculty, students, and alumni to the well-being of the citizens of Alabama by hosting an annual lecture on a critical issue in education by a distinguished national expert.

17 Previous presenters have included: Kati Haycock, Executive Director, The Education Trust Martin Haberman Distinguished Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Linda Darling-Hammond Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford Universit y Carl Glickman President, Institute for Schools, Education, and Democracy Sharon Robinson President and CEO, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Freeman A. Hrabowski III President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Nancy Zimpher Chancellor, State University of New York

18 DR. GREGORY G. FITCH Executive Director


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