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 PCO Symposium 

Beyond a Job: Framing the Value of Higher Education

Date: January 8, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Lunch at noon)
Location:  Marriott Metro Center, 775 12 Street NW, Washington, DC 20005-3901
Draft Agenda: Click here to download in PDF format.

Image: photo of Jack Buckley, Senior Vice President, Research at the College BoardEvent Description: This 2-hour webinar was a live webstream of the Post Collegiate Outcome (PCO) initiative symposium Beyond a Job: Framing the Value of Higher Education. The symposium featured the official release of the framework and toolkit developed by the initiative, along with reaction from national experts.

The Post Collegiate Outcomes initiative was led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), in partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the Post Collegiate Outcomes (PCO) collaborative project is to develop a strategic framework to discuss, assemble, and report post collegiate outcomes, now and in the future.

Working groups comprised of subject matter experts and higher education leaders from two- and four-year institutions created a framework and application tools to enable colleges and universities, policymakers, and the public to better understand and discuss post collegiate outcomes in areas such as economic well-being, ongoing personal development, and social and civic engagement.

Jack Buckley, Senior Vice President, Research at the College Board provided opening comments on the importance of accurately describing and measuring the full spectrum of college outcomes.

Following a presentation of the framework and toolkit, a panel provided reactions and input to guide future work:


Ronnie Booth
Co-Chair of PCO Oversight Committee &
President, Tri-County Technical College (SC)

Jonathan R. Alger
James Madison University (VA)

Sandra Kinney
Vice President for Institutional Research & Planning
Louisiana Community & Technical College System (LA)

Jaimie Matthews
Senior Manager, Policy and Programs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

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