How US Postsecondary Education Must Surmount COVID-19 & Rise Stronger to Develop a Future Workforce

PR Newswire | July 22, 2020

The fallout from COVID-19 threatens a postsecondary education system—a system essential for preparing a skilled workforce—according to a new solutions brief from the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED). Developing the Future Workforce: Revitalizing Postsecondary Education and Training After COVID-19 calls on policy and business leaders to not only sustain postsecondary education in its various forms, but also to reform it to better serve students and employers over the long run. Even prior to COVID-19, the postsecondary education system faced several financial and programmatic problems. The CED brief outlines the challenges facing colleges, job training programs, apprenticeships, and other forms of postsecondary education and training amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the role many of these establishments play as employers, exporters, and contributors to regional economic strength and long-run productivity—and the public returns of advanced education—Congress should help offset the one-time economic shocks and adjustment costs associated with the pandemic, particularly for those institutions best positioned to improve the career outcomes of the largest numbers of students affordably and effectively.

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Well-designed learning spaces aren’t just good for ambiance. Studies prove that creative classrooms have a significant impact on student learning. The purposeful use of color alone can decrease students’ eye fatigue and increase their productivity. In fact, certain colors can induce specific moods. For example, blue walls can inspire positive feelings of comfort and security. Blue hues also can potentially increase students’ retention and creativity.

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Well-designed learning spaces aren’t just good for ambiance. Studies prove that creative classrooms have a significant impact on student learning. The purposeful use of color alone can decrease students’ eye fatigue and increase their productivity. In fact, certain colors can induce specific moods. For example, blue walls can inspire positive feelings of comfort and security. Blue hues also can potentially increase students’ retention and creativity.

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