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Academic Leaders Council

About

The Academic Leaders Council (ALC) comprises the presidents of the six major colleges and universities in Miami-Dade County and the Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. No group of leaders in South Florida is responsible for educating more people.

The ALC is a key component of Opportunity Miami and its future-focused mission of imagining the Miami of 2040 - and helping our community build it. In thinking about Miami’s future perhaps the most important factor is talent development. It’s with that in mind we are launching these community-wide talent development goals, establishing a “north star” of where we need to be, and stirring action to get there.

If Miami can both be a home to excellence and also drive broad economic opportunity in every neighborhood, it has the chance to achieve something few communities can match. After all, Miami ranks among the most international and diverse communities in the U.S. With that in mind, Miami has the opportunity to build one the most uniquely diverse, skilled regional workforce in the western hemisphere.

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2040 Talent Report

Academic Leaders Council

Barry University Florida International University Florida Memorial University Miami Dade College St. Thomas University University of Miami Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Key Progress Indicators

Projected Educational Attainment

Miami has set a talent goal for 65% of its working-age population to hold a postsecondary degree or credential by 2040. While trends are not perfectly linear, this graph shows Miami’s projected attainment rates given historical trends. At the current pace, Miami will fall short of this goal if more isn’t done.

Source: Historic data and peer comparison data from Lumina Foundation National Report Card, accessed January 2024

Educational Attainment Rate

The percentage of Miami-Dade’s population ages 25 – 64 with an associate degree or higher, by year.

Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey

Degrees/Certificates Awarded by Level

Degrees and credentials awarded in Miami-Dade County between July 2021 – June 2022, by credential type. Total: 47,111.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS

Miami College-Going Rate

The percentage of Miami-Dade high school seniors who enrolled in a Florida college or university within 16 months of high school graduation.

Source: Florida Department of Education, District Report Card

Edu. Attainment Rate - Peer Cities

The percentage of Miami-Dade County working-age adults with a two-year degree or higher, compared to peer metropolitan regions. “Miami MSA, FL” refers to the three-county metropolitan region comprised of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

Source: Lumina Foundation, Stronger Nation Report Card. Accessed February 2024

Average Earnings by Education/Training Level

The average annual earnings of Miami-Dade residents by level of education completed.

Source: Florida College Access Network

Educational Attainment by Demographic Groups

Historical educational attainment rate and projected rate by select demographic groups, age 25+

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2022 American Community Survey data and population projections from the Florida office of Demographic Research

Class of 2040 Essays

Essays on the next-generation workforce by the Academic Leaders Council

President Mike Allen
President Kenneth A. Jessell
President Jaffus Hardrick
President Madeline Pumariega
Superintendent Jose L. Dotres
President David A. Armstrong
President Julio Frenk
Mayor Daniella Levine Cava

Opportunity Miami Partners

Co-Chairs

Rick Beasley

Rick Beasley

CareerSource SFL Executive Dir

Christine Barney

Christine Barney

CEO of rbb Communications

Daniella Levine Cava

Daniella Levine Cava

Mayor, Miami-Dade County

Academic Leaders Council

Barry University Florida International University Florida Memorial University Miami Dade College St. Thomas University University of Miami Miami-Dade County Public Schools

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