February 6, 2017 — Stan Jones, who transformed education in Indiana and throughout the nation as a long-time state legislator, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education, and founder and president of the national nonprofit Complete College America , passed away peacefully at his home in Indianapolis on Monday, February 6th. Stan founded Complete College America (a Higher Ed for Higher Standards partner) in order to build a network of states committed to substantially increasing the number of Americans with a postsecondary credential. Under his leadership, the organization grew to 42 member states and institutional consortia and advanced an ambitious agenda to revolutionize the nation’s higher education systems and close attainment gaps for underrepresented populations. Stan will be sorely missed, but his contributions to educational access and excellence will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of students across the country for years to come.
Additional Resources from Higher Ed for Higher Standards
The Leveraging ESSA series to provides several resources to support higher ed and K-12 collaboration in state ESSA plans.
The Aligning Expectations toolkit helps higher education leaders get involved in states’ reviews of standards and/or assessments.
The Alignment Policy Brief Series is designed to elevate best practices and inform higher ed leaders of emerging collaborations with K-12.
The Seizing the Moment report on community college alignment shows how collaboration with K–12 can better support students.