ERIC Number: ED423793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Transforming Postsecondary Education for the 21st Century.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This brochure introduces a current initiative of the Education Commission of the States (ECS) under the chairmanship of Paul Patton, Governor of Kentucky, suggesting ways that political leaders, education policymakers, and institutional/faculty leaders can work together toward a more responsive, efficient postsecondary education system. Trends leading toward a "revolution" in postsecondary education are identified, including demographic changes, shifts in the job market, emergence of new information and communication technologies, and reform and innovation in K-12 education. A vision of the future is offered in which all segments of higher education are responsive, flexible, entrepreneurial, and accountable. State mandates, regulations, and funding formulas are seen as major impediments to improving postsecondary education. The ECS initiative will involve looking at various states' efforts to rethink and redesign postsecondary education. Key components of this initiative and planned activities over the next year are identified, including: (1) fostering a national dialogue on the redesign of the postsecondary education system; (2) development of a versatile set of resources, tools and strategies to assist states in this redesign process; (3) providing intensive technical assistance and support to states ready for this redesign; and (4) creating of mechanisms to accelerate and sustain change efforts. (DB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Cooperative Programs, Educational Change, Educational Demand, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Long Range Planning, State Government, State Regulation, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis
Education Commission of the States, 707 17th St., Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427; Tel: 303-299-3600; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ecs.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.