Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation, Discusses Importance of Collaboration and Partnership at Florida College Access Network Summit
Author: Helios Education FoundationJune 17, 2013
On Friday, June 14, Paul J. Luna spoke at the Florida College Access and Success Summit. The Summit brought leaders together from all industry sectors around improving postsecondary access and success in Florida. Over the two-day conference, attendees discussed policy and programmatic trends and explored best practices for working collaboratively to improve college access, persistence and completion.
As part of that conversation, Mr. Luna, shared Helios Education Foundation's perspective that no one organization or sector by itself can better prepare our students for future postsecondary success. We simply must work collaboratively and form strong, resourceful partnerships.
Data released recently in Education Week's, "Diplomas Count," shows that Florida has made dramatic improvements in high school graduation rates, especially among minority populations. While these improvements are to be celebrated, other data indicate that less than one in five full-time students earn a two-year degree within three years and only one in four working age adults in Florida have a bachelor's degree or higher. It is critical that all sectors of the Florida community come together to provide greater access to college and other postsecondary opportunities.
The Florida College Access Network has a bold goal that by the year 2025, 60 percent of Florida residents with have a high-quality degree or credential. This aggressive goal can only be achieved with cross-sector commitment and collaboration.