Albemarle Superintendent: Access to College a Priority

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Dr. Pamela Moran, courtesy of the Albemarle County Public Schools website Dr. Pamela Moran, courtesy of the Albemarle County Public Schools website

Albemarle County Public Schools
Press Release

Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Pamela Moran, Says  Access to College Education in Virginia is Critical to State's Prosperity

(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – In reaction to her appointment to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent  Dr. Pamela R. Moran said today:

"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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