Higher Education: Five steps to the future

April 12, 2013 • Lars Esdal

In his recent Op-ed piece in the StarTribune, “Higher education: Five steps to the future,” EE Associate and former Minnesota education commissioner, Robert J. Wedl, warns if we’re to meet 21st century workforce demands—where a predicted 75 percent of all jobs will require a postsecondary education by the year 2018—we’ll need to stop grumbling about the current tax-and-cut based policy solutions to higher education issues. Instead, we’ll need to focus on a large-scale redesign of what is the equivalent of grades nine through 14.

Wedl proposes a more affordable and individualized system where graduating high school students would be “well on the road to completing” a postsecondary education, rather than just “ready” for one. Read the full piece.