We’ve all seen those lists of “best businesses.” This magazine has even published some of them. And while the parameters may vary—most profitable Fortune 500 firms, most exciting start-ups, best places for working parents—we’ve always wondered: What about the process? How do magazines and organizations actually figure out which businesses to highlight?
Many companies such as IBM, General Electric, and Intel have achieved impressive results from long-standing partnerships with schools, students, and education organizations. IBM’s Reinventing Education program alone has invested approximately $75 million with school partners around the world to develop and implement innovative technology solutions. But the challenge going forward is for more companies to make their mark. From applying technical and management expertise to financial resources to advocacy, America’s business community has a very important role to play in supporting students at all stages of education—from pre-K to college and beyond.