Things You Can Do

Individuals: Be an Advocate for Change

Take the Florida Goal 2025 pledge and become an active participant in helping Florida achieve greater academic and economic success. As a Goal2025 advocate for change, we encourage you to take a public stance on issues related to higher education and supporting policies that improve college and career-readiness, access and completion in Florida. Advocating for significantly higher educational attainment in Florida can take place in a number of different ways, including emphasizing the importance of higher education to your community and your state to external audiences; talking about Goal2025 whenever you can; and driving awareness and commitment to Goal2025 with local, state and federal policy-makers.

Organizations: Employ Practices that Drive Degree Attainment in Your Community

We invite all organizations to sign the Florida Goal 2025 Memorandum of Understanding and become a part of the movement for improving higher education and increasing degree attainment in Florida. Please complete where highlighted and either fax to (813) 974-1050, email to FloridaCAN@usf.edu or mail a signed copy to Florida C.A.N.!, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, ALN 190, Tampa, FL 33620.

BUSINESS:

Within your company, there are practices you can employ to increase postsecondary degree attainment for your employees and your community.  Below are just some of the ways employers can drive degree attainment:

  • Accredited Corporate Training: Make your on-the-job training count by working with colleges, universities, the American Council on Education or the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning to gain accreditation and/or credit recommendations for internal training.
  • Prior Learning Assessment: Provide support to employees to earn credit for prior learning and training, including reimbursement for assessment costs.
  • Build Partnerships: Participate in regional and local collaborations with public and private entities to improve education supports and pathways for students, including joining your local college access network, working with regional workforce investment boards and/or regional economic development authorities.
  • Apprenticeships and Internships: Provide contextualized learning opportunities to potential employees.
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Assistance Programs: provide financial support for employees earning postsecondary credentials, including pre-paid or reimbursed tuition; books stipend; recognition of academic milestones; completion bonus.

NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION:

Many community organizations have developed initiatives for the public good. Higher education is linked to nearly every positive social and civic outcome, and can be integrated into existing programs. We encourage you to explore how a higher education attainment mission can complement your mission-driven work.

PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATION:

Many philanthropic organizations have developed initiatives for the public good. Higher education is linked to nearly every positive social and civic outcome, and can be integrated into existing programs. We encourage you to explore how a higher education attainment mission can complement your corporate social responsibility or mission-driven work.

Organizations: Integrate the Goal

Whether you represent a business, education institution, non-profit or philanthropic organization, we encourage you to take ownership of Goal 2025. Make Goal 2025 a part of your strategic plan. Use Goal 2025 as part of your media and messaging strategies. If you’re interested in integrating Goal 2025 as a part of your work, please contact Florida C.A.N.! at (813) 974-3673 or email to FloridaCAN@usf.edu. We can provide you with Goal 2025 branding tools as well as marketing and promotional materials.