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Preserving the Federal Pell Grant Program: The Business-Higher Education Forum’s Position Statement

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The Federal Pell Grant Program is a critical source of grant aid for many low-and moderate-income college students. Over the past decade, the federal government has expanded the program to serve more students, increasing the maximum level of each award to $5,550 and better ensuring college access and success. However, the House 2012 budget proposal calls for drastic cuts to the program, reducing the maximum grant by as much as 45 percent to $3,040. ...More

Preparing America’s Future Workforce

July 19th, 2011
By Brian K. Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, BHEF
More than ever, the nation needs college-educated graduates to fill our high-demand jobs, yet projections show we are facing shortages in many high-demand fields. These shortages are particularly acute in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. If the nation continues on this trajectory, there will not be enough workers to fill the projected 17 percent increase in STEM jobs over the next decade. ...More

National Academy Foundation Career Academies

Program that Works
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a national network of high school career academies based predominately in urban districts. ...More

Corporate Investments in College Readiness and Access

BHEF Publications
This study sets out to understand the extent of corporate support for college readiness and access and the most effective practices major corporations use to support college readiness and access initiatives. ...More

Issue Brief: Aligning Higher Education STEM Production with Workforce Demand through Professional Master’s Degrees

BHEF Publications
Professional master’s degrees create a new and much needed bridge between employers and potential employees who have both advanced education in critical disciplinary areas and training in management, communication, and related skills that will enable them to readily apply that knowledge effectively in business settings. ...More

Modeling the Success of Metropolitan College: The Business-Higher Education Forum's Simulation Series

BHEF Publications
Learn and Earn programs are partnerships between academic institutions and corporations that provide postsecondary educational opportunities to help students improve their employment outcomes. One such Learn and Earn program, the Louisville-based Metropolitan College, is a joint education and workforce initiative among the state’s largest employer, United Parcel Service, the University of Louisville, and Jefferson Community and Technical College. ...More

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Cybersecurity Program

Program to Watch
In order to respond to the increased workforce demand in cybersecurity and cyber-defense, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) has initiated a Master’s in Professional Studies program in cybersecurity. ...More

University of Texas at El Paso, Bioinformatics PSM

Program to Watch
The Bioinformatics Professional Science Master’s program focuses on students’ professional development through an interdisciplinary curriculum, research experience, and internships, to prepare graduates to serve in the research, managerial, or technical fields of bioinformatics. ...More

Arizona State University, Nanoscience PSM

Program to Watch
The Professional Science Master’s Program in Nanoscience at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus provides students with the opportunity to interact with local industry professionals and potential employers through a Professional Seminar course. ...More

Case Western Reserve University, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Programs (STEP) PSM

Program to Watch
Formed in 1999, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Programs (STEP) at Case Western Reserve University consist of Professional Science Master’s degrees in Biology (Entrepreneurial Biotechnology track), Chemistry (Entrepreneurship track), and Physics (Entrepreneurship track). ...More

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