Guest presenters:

  • Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University
  • Alexis Roberson, College Student and Student Government Assistant Director of Diversity and Wellness, University of South Florida


  • Dr. Paul Perrault, Vice President, Research and Evaluation for Helios Education Foundation
  • Kimberly Lent, Assistant Director for Research and Policy, Florida College Access Network

Even while the country deals with the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19, a joint survey from Helios Education Foundation and the Florida College Access Network found that almost 9 out of 10 Floridians believe a college degree or credential beyond high school is important to success in the current and future workforce. When looking toward the next 5-10 years, 54% believe that a bachelor’s degree or higher is essential to success in the future economy.

Join FCAN’s Kimberly Lent and Helios Education Foundation’s Dr. Paul Perrault on February 3 at 2:00 PM for a look at how Florida voters perceive student access to and readiness for college and the role higher education plays in Florida today and in the future.

We will then move into a guest panel of Florida stakeholders to help put the survey findings into the real-world context. Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President of Florida International University, will discuss the importance of college degrees to building a strong talent pipeline. Alexis Roberson, a junior at University of South Florida, will also serve on the panel and provide the audience with a student perspective on college and the workforce.

In this session you will learn:

  • What Florida voters think about the current higher education landscape in Florida
  • Why, even in times of crisis, college degrees are crucial for Florida’s talent development
  • What students today think about the value of higher education

Event Details

Webinar: The Value of Higher Education: A Conversation with Florida Leaders
Date and Time
: Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 2-3 p.m. EST

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