Today, the 31-member panel of Governor Tom Corbett’s Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education, comprised of leaders in postsecondary education and business, unanimously approved a series of recommendations to further strengthen Pennsylvania’s higher education system.
The panel was asked to identify key issues and review current policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that impact postsecondary education in Pennsylvania and develop long range strategies.
It also evaluated trends in education, including the role of technology and how education can increase collaborations with the private sector and government. The panel was chaired by Rob Wonderling, chief executive officer and president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
“Pennsylvania enjoys a vibrant, diverse, and high quality postsecondary system with a rich variety of education choices. The strength of the higher education sector is a competitive advantage of our Commonwealth, employing our residents, educating our workforce and raising our reputation worldwide by exporting high level talent nationally and internationally. As such, it was an honor to serve as Chair of the Commission and work with a truly superb group of dedicated individuals from both the education and private sectors. The Commission’s recommendations provide a robust roadmap for the next decade that puts the user in the driver seat and helps make education more affordable and accessible for all,” said Mr. Wonderling. I applaud Governor Corbett for establishing this commission and thank him for the opportunity to serve as chair,” he added.
The commission met throughout the Commonwealth over the course of several months to complete its charge.
The Governor’s Executive Order called for the commission to look at the following:
- Policies to aid in the development and maintenance of a robust and sustainable postsecondary education system that meets workforce needs and provides for educational options for students;
- Policies to ensure that postsecondary education is accessible and affordable for all students;
- Governance and financial structures that would enhance the postsecondary education system in Pennsylvania; and
- Opportunities for increased collaboration among academia, private sector and government.
Commission recommendations included providing students with a passport for learning – an education app store to help students, parents, and adult learners make informed choices about postsecondary education and training programs; implementing targeted, flexible work-ready dual enrollment programs; helping students become college/career ready by supporting competency-based programs and improving access to remediation programs for K-16 schools, including Career and Technical Education programs, and GED preparation programs; and creating a Performance Scorecard that holds schools accountable and ties funding to tuition and cost containment.
The recommendations also call for providers to examine opportunities for consolidation and collaboration, improve innovation and become more transparent to prepare students, parents and adult learners to make informed financial choices.
To obtain a full copy of the commission report, please visit www.pahigheredcommission.com.