New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia ’70, a Daemen College graduate, emphasized that more collaborations between schools and higher education institutions are essential to advancing the state’s education system at a discussion held at Daemen College.
Elia spoke at the Daemen Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series before a well-attended gathering of presidents and other top education officials from colleges and universities from across the Buffalo Niagara region.
“To move forward on creating higher quality educational standards in New York State, we all must work together to ensure students have the skills they need for college readiness and success,” said Elia, who earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Daemen and master’s degrees from the University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State. “As partners, we will function as a more cohesive system that will, ultimately, strengthen the workforce by developing a more unified education pipeline for our students.”
Elia pointed out that taking steps to help students in school districts around the state will be a boost for higher education institutions. “We are all working hard to better prepare students so that remediation is not the norm when they enter college,” she said.
As part of her visit to Daemen, Elia met with President Gary A. Olson and other college administrators and participated in a campus tour.