By Sean Whaley | Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY — Nevada is one of four states to receive an “F” grade for student access and success in its higher education system from the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The third edition of its Leaders & Laggards series, “A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education,” was released early last week. The report examines public colleges and universities in all 50 states, including four-year and two-year institutions, and is designed to provide an in-depth evaluation of data and a careful analysis of postsecondary performance and policy across states.
“With tuition growing, debt loads increasing, students questioning the marketplace value of their degrees, and large amounts of taxpayer dollars invested, the business community and the public are starting to ask questions of policymakers and higher education leaders,” said Margaret Spellings, president of ICW and a former U.S. Education Secretary. “This report begins to look at how states are doing in preparing students for jobs after college and the value state taxpayers are getting in meeting the demands of local economies and employers.”