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ERIC Number: ED507318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov-4
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Aligning Secondary and Postsecondary Education: Lessons from the Past. WISCAPE Policy Brief
VanOverbeke, Marc
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (NJ1)
Educators, reformers, and commissions have long underscored the need to align all levels of education and build a seamless, coordinated P-16 system. Failing to do so, they have argued, has kept too many students from pursuing an advanced education and the nation from benefiting from a more educated populace. Such was the case in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when reformers first began to wrestle with the proper alignment of America's loose educational structure. Now, one hundred years later, the nation's governors and other reformers continue to argue that educators need to align standards and missions between secondary and higher education. Bill and Melinda Gates have tried to lead the campaign for reform through their foundation, and the recent U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education has called for greater cooperation between secondary and higher education. These efforts are the latest in a long history of reform. In this brief, the author considers this history and the lessons it offers for today. History will not provide answers to current challenges, but it can help educators better comprehend the complexity of these challenges and raise crucial questions and issues that need to be addressed. As such, history can increase the probability of success as they continue efforts to align secondary and higher education. (Contains 4 notes.)
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 326 Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1386. Tel: 608-265-6342; Fax: 608-262-4881; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education