Making HEA an Engine of Economic Productivity and Worker Prosperity

Publication Date: May 2007

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Julie Strawn; Amy-Ellen Duke

Research Area: Education

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Forty-two percent of our current workforce have no more education than a high school diploma or GED. Employers in particular sectors and regions already face skill shortages, a fact that has profound implications for our country’s ability to increase economic productivity and for workers’ ability to earn enough to support their families. This two-pager describes changes that are urgently needed to better align the Higher Education Act with the realities of working adults’ lives and the needs of employers.