"It is an honor to be joining such an influential organization at a time when the partnership between K-12 and higher education is so critical to our prosperity in Virginia and in our nation. Access to a college degree continues to be a significant challenge for many students and signals a troubling trend. We are now tenth in the world in the proportion of our population earning a college degree, and it has been reported this could be the first generation in our history that will be less well-educated than their parents."
"Here in Virginia, we have made some progress in providing nearly 14,000 new slots in our colleges for in-state students, and the Governor is on record calling for 100,000 more degrees to be awarded by 2025," Dr. Moran said.
"I look forward to working with the council and our many partners in education, business, and our communities to find paths to achieve and exceed this goal. It makes strong economic sense. Research shows that a college graduate earns $1 million more in a lifetime than someone without a degree. So, the return on investment is a powerful one and an essential strategy for preparing our students for lifelong success as citizens of and contributors to our Commonwealth," Dr. Moran added.
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