A strong education system is crucial to preparing people for good jobs and bright futures and sustaining a 21st century workforce that can compete in the global economy.

The Chamber is focused on fixing shortcomings in our education system so that students emerge from our public education system prepared for college or a career; higher education is more accessible and affordable; employers can find workers with the right skills and qualifications; and our workforce will attract investment, drive growth, and spur innovation.

Projects and Programs


Priorities for 2018

  • Support implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, with an emphasis on encouraging the creation of state accountability systems focused on career readiness, high academic standards, rigorous coursework, end-of-year assessments aligned to standards, and closing the achievement gap.
  • Advance efforts at the federal and state levels that provide more educational options for parents and students.
  • Improve career readiness by leveraging the business community to address challenges involved in managing employer engagement, scaling work-based learning, identifying industry-recognized credentials, securing employer endorsements, and evaluating performance.
  • Encourage better alignment between high school graduation requirements, state academic achievement standards, and postsecondary entrance requirements.
  • Back efforts to generate more U.S. graduates with a credential in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field.
  • Work to ensure that institutions of higher education (traditional and nontraditional) are held accountable for their performance—both academically and financially—and that they provide transparency to empower students, parents, employers, and policymakers to make informed decisions.
  • Advocate for improving financial aid programs and systems, including private sector innovations in higher education finance, that work to improve college access and affordability while incentivizing outcomes.
  • Promote improvements in the quality of higher education data.
  • Advocate for eliminating regulations that diminish choice of providers and deter innovation.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldJan 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
2017 State of American Business address with U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue.

Why Faster Economic Growth Must Be America's Top Priority

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue released the American Growth Agenda to accelerate economic growth.

SpeechJan 11, 2017 - 9:30am

2017 State of American Business Address

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 11, 2017.

Press ReleaseJan 11, 2017 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber President: Economic Growth Must Be Nation’s Top Priority

Business Community Optimistic, Realistic, and Ready for Meaningful Reform to Reignite Spirit of American Enterprise

Above the FoldNov 03, 2016 - 3:30pm

Business Community: 45th President Needs to Get Back to Business

The number one domestic priority has to be economic growth.

Above the FoldOct 21, 2016 - 10:45am
Higher education horrors

Trick or Treat? 9 Frightening Facts about Higher Education in America

With high school seniors applying to colleges right now, what's the state of higher education?

Above the FoldOct 04, 2016 - 3:45pm
2016 Vice Presidential Debate Preview: Mike Pence and Tim Kaine

At VP Debate Kaine and Pence Can Fill in the Blanks on Growing the Economy

Here are four policy areas voters would love to hear about.

Above the FoldSep 29, 2016 - 1:15pm
Dear 45: Ensure postsecondary education meets employer needs

Dear 45: Ensure Postsecondary Education Responds to Employer Needs

Other countries are educating more of their citizens to higher levels while the United States remains idle.

In the NewsSep 29, 2016 - 9:15am

Tech VP's goal is to educate legislators, children

Article published in the Memphis Business Journal about C_TEC, Tim Day, and his participation at the Greater Memphis IT Council's event.

Above the FoldSep 27, 2016 - 12:15pm
Cheryl Oldham visits the Albert Einstein Memorial for this month's Monumental Issues

Monumental Issues: Talking Education with Cheryl Oldham

Among 34 industrialized countries, the U.S. ranks 17th in reading, 21st in science, and 26th in math. We must do better.

Above the FoldSep 21, 2016 - 3:15pm
U.S. Chamber Foundation's Career Readiness Report

Here's a Tool to Help Schools Measure College and Career Readiness

The Every Student Succeeds Act calls on states to measure what educational success looks like.