College Prep, Graduation Rates Get Education Committee Attention

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Michal Kurlaender

Michal Kurlaender

Dr. Jim Dragna

Dr. Jim Dragna

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From left: Fred Ruiz, Ruiz Foods; Marti Fisher, CalChamber policy advocate; and Sheila Condon, IBM Corporation.

The CalChamber Education Committee hears from Michal Kurlaender, associate professor and chair of the Graduate Group in Education at the University of California, Davis School of Education, about high school student readiness for college, and the variables that account for differences in readiness. She has just been awarded a $5 million grant to continue to study this area. Dr. Jim Dragna, the new “Graduation Czar” for California State University, Sacramento, describes measures the university is taking to increase graduation rates. Listening are committee Chair Sheila Condon of IBM Corporation, CalChamber Policy Advocate Marti Fisher and committee member Fred Ruiz of Ruiz Foods.

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