ERIC Number: ED364168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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Meaning, Mission, and the Next Millennium.
Scott, Robert A.
A decade after "A Nation at Risk" three new reports raise concerns about American higher education. The Wingspread Report on higher education challenges institutions of higher education to assess their myriad activities to see how effectively they are "taking values seriously,""putting student learning first," and "creating a nation of learners." The California Higher Education Policy Center has issued several reports, including "The Closing Gateway: Californians Consider Their Higher Education System." This report surveys public opinion and finds respondents unhappy with the way colleges and universities are managing budget challenges by denying access and opportunity to a new generation of citizens. The third report by the Pew Campus Roundtable project is a summary of the"sense of meeting" notes taken during discussions held at 29 campuses throughout the country. These indicate that campuses are more concerned with community, than meaning, with survival than with mission and with today rather than with tomorrow. In particular the Wingspread report reminds the higher education community that the purpose of higher education is to develop character and citizenship as well as graduate students prepared for careers and commerce and that for the past 100 years American higher education has less and less emphasized this role. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: California; Nation At Risk (A); Pew Campus Roundtable; Wingspread Report on Higher Education