ERIC Number: ED491912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Reference Count: 0
American Higher Education: How Does It Measure Up for the 21st Century? National Center Report Number 06-02
Hunt, James, B.; Tierney, Thomas, J.; Carruthers, Garrey
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
These essays by former Governor James B. Hunt Jr. and business leader Thomas J. Tierney lay out in succinct fashion the requirements of both our nation and our states for new and higher levels of performance from America's colleges and universities. The authors of these essays are not theorists writing from an ivory tower. Quite the contrary, both are national leaders and draw from their extensive experience in civic life, politics, and business. Both serve on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Public Policy and Education, and each of their essays brings fresh insights to the National Center's seminal series of report cards evaluating and comparing state performance in higher education. The context for these report cards is the dramatically changed environment of higher education over the past two decades. Today, the knowledge-based, global economy and major demographic shifts demand substantially improved opportunities for education and training beyond high school. This demand must become a major goal of national and state public policy. To an unprecedented extent, more Americans must prepare for, enroll in, and successfully complete degree and certificate programs. As the baby boomers--the most highly educated Americans in history--retire, their replacements will come primarily from the expanding minority and low-income groups, populations that have traditionally been the least-educated groups in this country. If this nation and its states cannot improve the education of these groups, the share of the U.S. workforce that is college-educated will shrink, and much of our past advantage in the global marketplace will shrink with it. These essays by two of America's most perceptive and influential leaders are valuable maps for charting the course through the critical economic and educational challenges and opportunities of this new century.
Descriptors: War, Democracy, Higher Education, College Preparation, Global Approach, Educational Opportunities, Educational Attainment, Migration, Low Income Groups, College School Cooperation, Access to Education, Enrollment Management, Academic Persistence, Graduation Rate, Postsecondary Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, CA.