Two of the Nation’s Leading Higher Education Experts Join Coalition for Educational Success Board of Advisors

The Coalition for Educational Success has named Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University, and Dr. Jonathan Fanton, former President of both the MacArthur Foundation and the New School for Social Research, to the Coalition’s Board of Advisors.

Dr. Lawrence-Lightfoot and Dr. Fanton will join former Governors Thomas H. Kean (R-NJ) and Edward Rendell (D-PA), along with experts from multiple fields, in the development of the Coalition’s Standards of Responsible Conduct for higher education. The Standards will improve and ensure transparency, disclosure, training, provide strong new protections for students. The Board of Advisors will also develop a mechanism to ensure adherence to the new standards.

"We are thrilled to add Dr. Lightfoot and Dr. Fanton to our Board of Advisors," said Penny Lee, Managing Director for the Coalition for Educational Success. "They are two of the most thoughtful, sophisticated, innovative thinkers in higher education today. The work they have done across the nation and around the globe gives them perspective and insight that will make a tremendous contribution to our efforts."

Dr. Fanton added, “All institutions should hold themselves to the highest standards. Every school is different and every student is different. But the underlying goal is the same – give everyone a chance to continue their education and develop the skills they need to find a job and lead a productive life. That’s why the work of this Board is so critical – it gives us a chance to improve the experience for the three million students currently in career colleges and the millions of students who will attend career colleges over the next few years alone.”

“Career colleges are an important option for millions of students who want and need to continue their education. The more we can do to make career colleges accessible and effective, the more students we can help. I am very pleased to be part of this important effort,” said Dr. Lightfoot.

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