WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced six states – Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada and Utah – selected to participate in a Policy Academy on strengthening postsecondary accountability systems.

Governors face key policy decisions in an ever more demanding environment where a stronger focus on performance and outcomes is necessary because:

  • The economy continues to demand more skilled workers;
  • States face short- and long-term limits on spending for education; and
  • Low-income students, working adults and students of color continue to face the greatest hurdles in getting into and successfully completing college.

States must have a strategy for getting more career-ready graduates for the dollars they have, and the NGA Policy Academy will focus on helping states build that strategy. The policy academy is designed to help states improve their postsecondary educations systems by focusing on efficiency and effectiveness metrics in their accountability systems and incorporating those metrics into their decision making processes. 

“Having good performance metrics is important, but it is not enough,” said Dane Linn, director of the NGA Center for Best Practice’s Education Division. “Governors and other policymakers must be equipped to use performance measures, whether in developing budgets, approving or evaluating programs or deciding how or whether to regulate administrative and academic services. This Policy Academy will help states focus on those measures.”

A Policy Academy is a highly interactive, team-based process for helping a select number of states develop and implement an action plan to address a complex public policy issue. Participating states receive guidance and technical assistance from NGA staff and faculty experts, as well as consultants from the private sector, research organizations, academia and the federal government. The strategies and policies developed by the selected states are intended to serve as ideas and best practices for all states. Funding for the academy is provided by Lumina Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.nga.org/center/edu.

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Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit www.nga.org.