The Urban Land Institute is dedicated to responsible land use and development, issues that ASU takes seriously as it works to promote the well-being of the communities we serve.
ULI hosted its annual Trends Day on January 20 and I was given a few minutes to share my thoughts about "ASU: 2025" - specifically, what Arizona needs to get right in the next ten years if we hope to live in a successful and prosperous state, and how ASU is working toward that right now.
In short, Arizona is experiencing rapid population growth, but our youth are not enrolling in and completing postsecondary education at the rate needed to fulfill Arizona's future economic needs. The reality is that by 2020, 68% of all the jobs in our state will require a higher education degree. Right now, Arizona sends 32,000 high school graduates to college and 25% of those are not prepared for college-level work.
So what do we do? Identify every possible way to make a quality education broadly accessible, with vital attention to closing the education gap that impacts our Latina/o students. A failure to dramatically increase educational attainment within the Latina/o community can only have major ramifications for Arizona in terms quality of life, economic competitiveness, employment, and many other factors. The time for action is now.