ERIC Number: ED406904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Returning to Our Roots: The Student Experience.
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.; Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land Grant Universities, Washington, DC.
This report discusses the challenges facing state and land grant universities and offers an agenda for change put forth by 25 current or former presidents of such institutions. It advances three broad ideals for state and land grant universities, in that they should become genuine learning communities, student-centered and committed to teaching excellence, and strive to develop a healthy learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. The report details the educational challenges facing the United States and the specific hurdles confronting public higher education, such as enrollment pressures, new competitors, funding difficulties and cost increases, eroding public trust, and limited institutional flexibility. A seven-point statement of principles to guide academic reform emphasizes the importance of a learning community, access and opportunity, an education of value, cost containment, accountability, meeting new needs, and flexibility and responsiveness. Sidebars note the effects of the telecommunications revolution on education, discuss systemic reform in higher education, and highlight innovative programs at several state and land grant universities. Two appendixes provide acknowledgements and a listing of the activities of the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land Grant Universities. (MDM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Advocacy, College Presidents, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Financial Support, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Land Grant Universities, Long Range Planning, State Universities, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Experience, Trend Analysis
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036-1191 (free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.; Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land Grant Universities, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
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