National business leaders have kicked off a campaign aimed at making sure more Americans add a postsecondary degree to their resume
in order to meet the needs of today's demanding job market.
The Committee for Economic Development (CED) launched the initiative in conjunction to a new report which identifies 6 key areas that business leaders should support to promote greater productivity and innovation in higher education, including goals for awarding postsecondary degrees and certificates for each state as a whole.
"CED believes that an informed and mobilized business community can make an enormous difference in identifying, framing, and supporting critical reform strategies, and will outline the steps business leaders can take to make a difference," CED trustee Jeffrey Joerres noted.
The national organization is also calling for an annual education summit or exchange for business leaders to discuss how to accelerate postsecondary improvements and reform.
According to research from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 37 million workers in the U.S. have some postsecondary experience but no degree.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professionals with a postsecondary degree on their resumes
can earn $1,000 more than those with some or no college education.