Postsecondary education is more important to states than ever before. Within the next decade, nearly two-thirds of the jobs in the U.S. will require some form of college credential. To meet that demand, states must lead efforts to graduate more students from high-quality certificate and degree programs with the resources available.
Focus of Center Activities
The NGA Center supports governors and their staffs as they work to enhance postsecondary education through research, technical support and innovative examples of best practices.
States play a significant role in online education, both as providers and as regulators, according to this report released by the National Governors Association (NGA).
Comparable, reliable metrics are essential for states under current fiscal constraints. Information on the progress toward, and degree completion of, all students in higher education allows state leaders to gauge whether policies are successful and helps inform future funding decisions.
Public colleges and universities, which educate the vast majority of the nation's students, are an important part of states’ economic competitiveness efforts. These institutions face a number of pressures that will demand increased productivity and a data driven investment strategy moving forward.