Learning inspires me. I have spent most of my professional life leading higher education and training organizations focused on improving the productivity of employers and the skills of working adults. In my own academic and career experience, I have been fortunate to attend some of the most selective universities where I learned from brilliant professors and peers, and work around the world in results-oriented companies with talented mentors and colleagues.
Yet, for most working adults, life is very different. Most working adults find it extremely challenging to piece together an academic credential, a job paying a living wage, and a pathway to the middle class. These individual challenges for working adults have become a costly challenge for employers as well.
I am optimistic that American higher education--partnering with innovative technology companies, research organizations, foundations and employers--can improve student access, affordability, academic outcomes, and workplace readiness.