On April 28th, the St. Louis Regional Chamber partnered with St. Louis Graduates to host “Stand with Students: Leveraging Leadership to Support Postsecondary Success.”
The event, hosted at Webster University, attracted more than 200 regional and statewide leaders in business, education, and nonprofits.
The event featured a lineup of dynamic speakers including Alan Byrd, Dean of Enrollment Services at UMSL; Beth Stroble, President of Webster University; Zora Mulligan, Commissioner of Higher Education at the Missouri Department of Higher Education; Allison Williams, Senior Vice President of Programs at the Wyman Center; and Joe Reagan, President & CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.
Zora Mulligan recognized five Missouri universities for their exceptional efforts and leadership in improving graduation rates among first-generation, low-income students. The five institutions, Webster University, Maryville University, University of Central Missouri, Missouri State University, and Southeast Missouri State University, share their best practices to help more students graduate with less debt in a report released by the Illinois Education Research Council.
Joe Reagan announced another highlight of the event – the launch of the St. Louis Regional Education Dashboard. The Dashboard is an interactive tool that allows users to disaggregate regional education information by race, gender, age, and geographical region. This tool will be an invaluable resource for educators, community leaders, and business leaders to understand our region’s challenges and seize opportunities to improve degree attainment. Reagan also summarized the principles within the St. Louis Regional Education Commitment, which now has the support of more than 100 individuals and organizations including East-West Gateway Council of Governments, St. Louis Graduates, Full Circle, the Higher Education Council, Business Leaders for Education, and the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
Read more about the event in the St. Louis Post- Dispatch’s article here.