Cheryl A. Oldham

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Vice President of Education Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Senior Vice President of Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Cheryl A. Oldham is vice president of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is also senior vice president of the education and workforce program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Through events, publications, and policy initiatives—and drawing upon the Chamber’s extensive network of members—the education and workforce program connects the best minds in American business with the most innovative thinkers in education and training, helping them work together to preserve the strength of America’s greatest economic resource, its workforce.

Oldham has 20 years of experience in public policy development and implementation as well as in project management and government relations. Her previous experience includes serving for 8 years in President George W. Bush’s administration. In July 2008, the president designated Oldham as acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education while also serving as chief of staff to the under secretary of education. As chief of staff, Oldham was the senior adviser on policy and strategy and oversaw the coordination of the programs and policies for which the office was responsible. These included vocational and adult education, postsecondary education, and federal student aid.

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The State of Working Women: Marking a Milestone Even as the Pandemic Takes New Toll

This week we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the constitutional right to vote. Although this amendment did not grant all women the right to vote, specifically those that are non-white, it is a hallmark moment in history. It’s also proof that women have triumphed in difficult circumstances before and we can again. We need that reminder now more than ever amid a sobering avalanche of news in recent weeks about the impact of the pandemic on working women.

Bipartisan Coalition Reintroduces College Transparency Act in House and Senate

Conventional wisdom might say that Washington is too polarized for legislators of different political stripes to work together. Not so fast.

The State of American Education and Workforce

Opportunity is at the heart of the American Dream, and at the heart of opportunity is a job. When the right person fills the right job, we all benefit—families, neighborhoods, businesses. We all grow and prosper. Yet, there’s a disconnect in our country. The national unemployment rate has fallen since the depths of the Great Recession, but we still have too many people without jobs and too many jobs without people.

Right Major, Job Bring Higher Lifetime Earnings

Information about outcomes needs to be in front of all students as they consider one of the most consequential decisions of their lives.

What Can Robert DeNiro Teach Us About Education?

In "A Bronx Tale," the actor keeps telling his son that “the saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” Similarly, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization needs to be done right, because we can’t afford to let talent go to waste.

'No Child Left Behind' Report Card: Disadvantaged Students' Graduation Rates Continue to Improve

Graduation rates for disadvantaged students continue to rise, according to data released this week by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

5 Reasons Why We Need to Keep Annual Assessments in the Education Bill

Thirteen years. That is the last time Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), better known in its current form as ‘No Child Left Behind.’ And, thirteen years later, everyone agrees the law is in desperate need of modifying, updating, and improving.

Oklahoma Puts Politics Before Students

Just six months after defending the Core Standards at a National Governors Association meeting, Oklahoma's Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that will require Oklahoma to revert back to the old educational standards. And with a stroke of the pen, a generation of Oklahoma kids will be lost in the chaos.

The Untold For-Profit Story

As the Obama Administration considers comments on the proposed gainful employment regulation, it seems worthwhile to tell the story of students who are able to take advantage of flexible, comparatively priced programs that help improve opportunity for growth in their current job or explore a new career path.

Is the Administration Picking Winners and Losers in Higher Ed?

During a Senate Budget Committee meeting yesterday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan displayed what some might describe as chutzpah as he claimed the department’s proposed gainful employment regulations were in fact designed to help the for-profit sector, not “single out” or punish them.

Gainful Employment Rule Strips Students of Opportunity

As our country faces an increasingly widening skills gap, now hardly seems the time to strip at-risk students of opportunities for educational equality.

What is the Gainful Employment Rule Really About?

Traditional higher education institutions and programs of study would not be subject to a proposed student debt-to-earnings ratio limit. So why should for-profit higher education institutions?