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Pearson's Kirshner to lead AACC Corporate Council

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AACC Corporate Council
Chair Sandi Kirshner

​The American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Corporate Council plays a key role in engaging the private sector in support of the completion agenda, workforce education and other AACC priorities.

“Being able to align all our resources and the work we do with the mission of helping people succeed through education is an exciting place to be in,” said Sandi Kirshner, the new chair of the Corporate Council. Kirshner was recently named executive vice president for higher education policy, a new position at Pearson Higher Education, where she will focus on raising student achievement.

The council is the advisory arm of AACC’s Corporate Program, which fosters networking and sponsorship opportunities for private companies and interested organizations to enhance their visibility with the community college sector. Some of the biggest names in corporate America are represented on the council.

“There is a lot of innovation going on. We need to pull it all together,” Kirshner said. “The more we all work together, the better the results.”

“It’s so clear we need to align postsecondary education—at all levels and in all forms—with where the jobs and where the skills are needed,” she added. “It’s critical to help people be more productive in improving their lives and the workforce.”

AACC’s Corporate Council is an important vehicle to foster collaboration between business leaders and community colleges, Kirshner said, noting that a strong and vibrant community college system will play a large role in how the nation responds to the changing needs of  society. 

Kirshner has spent her career working in higher education and has held numerous positions at a variety of Pearson companies, including president of the Addison Wesley Group and chief marketing officer for all Pearson higher education companies. 

Pearson’s biggest community college-related initiatives involve college readiness and success, including assessments and basic skills, as well as workforce development.

“A lot of the work we’re doing is very focused on getting the most out of using technology in learning. Using technology to personalize learning will lead to better student outcomes,” Kirshner said. “That is the fundamental underpinning of everything we’re doing.”

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