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Keys to Strengthening the Economy

January 26th, 2011
By Brian K. Fitzgerald, Executive Director, BHEF
Blog Post
Yesterday evening, President Obama issued the annual State of the Union address, which focused heavily on America remaining competitive and creating jobs—themes that align with BHEF’s two main initiatives: the Securing America’s Leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative; and the College Readiness, Access, and Success Initiative. ...More

Teach for America—North Carolina

Program that Works
Teach for America is a teacher recruitment and training program that seeks to decrease educational inequality. ...More

Connecting Undergraduates to STEM Careers

January 5th, 2011
By Brian K. Fitzgerald, Executive Director, BHEF
Blog Post
Today, I had the honor of presenting to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) the actions I, and the Business-Higher Education Forum’s members, believe President Obama should take regarding undergraduate STEM education. ...More

Waiting for Sputnik

December 17th, 2010
By Brian K. Fitzgerald, Executive Director, BHEF
Blog Post
Last week, the Lumina Foundation convened a wide array of education policy leaders and practitioners to explore the challenges of meeting the foundation’s “Big Goal” of increasing the proportion of Americans holding high-quality certificates and degrees to 60% in 15 years. In the opening session of the meeting, several participants stated that “we need a Sputnik moment” —some catalyst to provoke change. ...More

Equipping Business and Higher Education Leaders to Catalyze Education Improvement

December 1st, 2010
By Brian K. Fitzgerald, Executive Director, BHEF
Blog Post
Fundamental misalignments across P-12 education, higher education, and the workforce threaten our ability to meet this country’s 21st century education and workforce needs, especially in the highest-demand careers. To address this challenge, I believe that local business and higher education leaders ...More

The Universal Encouragement Program (UEP)

Tool
The Universal Encouragement Program is an online guidance assessment system that enables schools and education support programs to document student guidance needs, interests, and experiences with respect to their academic and career development. ...More

Say Yes to Education, Inc. (Say Yes)

Program that Works
Say Yes is a P-16 focused program that uses a research-based model of barriers, interventions, and financial aid to increase high school and college graduation rates of at-risk inner-city youth. ...More

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Targeted Mentoring

Program that Works
Appropriate mentor models are paired with LGBT graduate students and junior faculty to decrease stress and discrimination. ...More

Gates Millennium Scholars

Program that Works
Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program provides high achieving, low-income, minority students with college scholarships. ...More

System-wide Change for All Learners and Educators (SCALE)

Program to Watch
A National Science Foundation funded program designed to increase STEM K-16 alignment. ...More

Diplomas Now

Program to Watch
A data-driven collaboration designed to provide students with the global support and resources they need to complete high school. ...More

Cities for Success: A BHEF Leadership Summit

November 1st, 2010
By Jeanne Contardo, Director of Programs, BHEF
Blog Post
Last week high-level delegations from Des Moines, Iowa, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, including the cities’ mayors; superintendents; business, higher education, and philanthropy leaders; as well as dozens of other national leaders engaged in education improvement, attended Cities for Success: A BHEF Leadership Summit in Louisville, Kentucky. ...More

Guardian Scholars Program at San Francisco State University

Program to Watch
A global approach designed to provide former foster care youth with the resources necessary for college success. ...More

The El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence

Regional Effort
The El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence (the Collaborative) was founded in 1991, when a cross section of the city’s leaders met to establish a common vision around education improvement from kindergarten through college. ...More

Corporate Investments in Education During an Economic Downturn

BHEF Publications
Examines whether corporate philanthropies continue their support of education improvement during an economic downturn. ...More

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

Program that Works
CAMP is an initiative by the U.S. Department of Education to offset the cultural, academic, and financial barriers that stand between migrant farm worker families and college success. ...More

Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Program

Program that Works
This research program combines a faculty mentored research project and a rigorous science course designed to prepare top students for research positions and to engage with academia outside of university. ...More

Direct Connect to University of Central Florida

Program to Watch
Provides guaranteed college admission at the University of Central Florida to students and graduates of four Florida community colleges. ...More

UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program

Program that Works
The Meyerhoff Scholars Program is a global, systematic approach sponsored by UMBC to increase the ethnic diversity within STEM academic and career pathways. ...More

The Early Assessment Program (EAP)

Program that Works
A partnership between the California State University and local high schools, EAP tests students’ college readiness before they come to campus. ...More

College-Going Culture Toolkit from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Tool
This toolkit provides resources for promoting a college-going culture in the middle school years. ...More

Georgia College Early College (GCEC)

Program to Watch
A school culture and curriculum designed to increase low-achieving students’ academic efficacy, and college success. ...More

On Point for College

Program to Watch
A Syracuse, NY Program that provides college access mentorship to underserved and first-generation college bound students. ...More

Evaluation Toolkit from the Pell Institute and Pathways to College Network

Tool
The online toolkit is an innovative online resource that guides users through the process of conducting small scale, high quality program evaluation. ...More

HORIZONS Student Support Program

Program to Watch
Provides on campus support to first generation, low income, or physically disabled students in order to reduce attrition at Purdue University. ...More