Ignoring the coming teacher shortage

The upcoming teacher shortage is upon us, and we haven’t economically solved for it yet.

Reported by Education Dive, the teacher shortage gap is now at more than 110,000. And while higher ed is ready to help solve that educational gap, state salaries for teachers are still ignoring the incentives necessary to attract more students to the teaching field.

The takeaway? Our education programs are only as strong as the job markets our graduates will enter. And while there is a massive need for new graduates, the starting salaries and necessary ROI on college have made education opportunities less attractive than some alternatives. So what then is our role in helping solve this economic impasse at the state level?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.