This Conversation starts with the idea that every young person in the state of New York deserves the opportunity for high-quality education and preparation for college, work and life. Unfortunately, the journey from cradle to career is filled with unnecessary twists, turns and gaps. The result is too many students who get to college without the preparation they need to succeed.
How can we improve coordination and collaboration among the state's K-20 institutions so that students can travel seamlessly along the pipeline? How can we increase educational access, help students get ready for college, and prepare them for the working world? How can we ensure that our teachers gain the proficiencies our students need them to possess?
With its geographical reach and wealth of resources, the SUNY system is working to fix this problem. But what strategies should we pursue? How do we more closely couple the distinctive strengths of our community colleges, four-year colleges and graduate programs?
In this conversation, we'll be asking questions like: How do we team up with elementary, middle and high schools in our communities? Strengthen our teacher education programs? Provide special programs to help low-income families plan earlier for the costs of higher education? Participants will help us explore these and other ideas for strengthening the pipeline - to make sure all students in New York can achieve their greatest potential.