Making sure that Connecticut has the talented workforce it needs for the next generation is a cause shared by state policymakers, employers and educators.
HB 7007 is designed to help achieve that goal by implementing the recommendations of the state’s Planning Commission for Higher Education.
The commission worked for years and with many stakeholders to develop a strategic plan to address Connecticut’s higher education needs and the demand for skilled talent. The House unanimously approved HB 7007 and the bill now awaits action in the Senate.
Major recommendations of the commission’s plan focus on:
- Increasing the number of adults in higher education, and their levels of academic attainment
- Strengthening regional higher education and business collaborations aimed at producing a more competitive workforce and vibrant economy
- Affordability for Connecticut residents
Each recommendation comes with specific targets and a base set of metrics to measure and monitor progress toward achieving the goals.
It’s vital that lawmakers pass HB 7007 so the next steps to implement the work of the commission can begin.
In the same vein, HB 6919 establishes a task force to study strategic outcome- based financing.
Student financing was identified by the commission as one of the barriers to achieving its goals and this taskforce will provide the ideal setting to find ways to address the important issue.
The House approved this bill and it now awaits action in the Senate.