Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Innovative Education Conference Helps Students Achieve

College Changes Everything Brings Together 350 Education Leaders

Getting a college degree is one of the most reliable ways for a woman to lift herself and her family out of poverty. With a bachelor’s degree, a woman earns 78 percent more than a high school graduate. But despite the benefits of education, the United States still lags behind many other developed nations in terms of college completion rates.

To address the completion challenge, more than 350 education and policy leaders gathered on July 12 in Tinley Park, IL for an innovative conference aimed at finding ways to improve college completion rates. College Changes Everything, organized by Women Employed, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), and our state government and educational partners, focused on effective ways to increase college success and showcased resources that are available to colleges to help them increase graduation rates.

Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon kicked off the event, saying that, “College moves the needle and improves opportunity, not just for individuals, but for the state, the big picture, all of us.” She added that the issue is an important one for Illinois because, “We’re not just competing against Indiana anymore. We’re competing against India, Brazil, you name it. The best way to be ready to compete in a global economy is higher education.”