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ERIC Number: ED506161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Difficult Dialogues, Rewarding Solutions: Strategies to Expand Postsecondary Opportunities While Controlling Costs
Immerwahr, John
Midwestern Higher Education Compact, Report from Public Agenda on the Policy Summit of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (4th Annual, Minneapolis, MN, Nov 17-18, 2008)
This report from Public Agenda is a summary of the process and outcomes of the "Difficult Dialogues" that took place in November 2008 at the 4th annual policy summit of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). Nearly 200 state legislators, institutional and system-level leaders and governing board members, faculty, executive branch representatives, business leaders, and students discussed changes in higher education to meet the need to produce millions of additional college graduates in order to meet workforce needs and remain economically competitive in the midst of one of the most challenging fiscal environments the United States has ever seen. Eight major themes emerged from the discussions: (1) Improving College Readiness; (2) Improving Retention for Students Already in College; (3) Creating an Integrated P-20 Education System; (4) Differentiating Programs to Match the Diversity of College Students; (5) Using Incentives and Business Models; (6) Innovation; (7) Greater Use of Information; and (8) Better Assessments and Productivity Measures. Building on the good will and energy of the MHEC summit, suggested next steps include continuing the dialogue towards consensus and compromise by widening the conversation to include stakeholders not yet included. A Choicework Discussion Starter created by Public Agenda for the summit is appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota