ERIC Number: EJ767219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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How Should States Respond To "A Test of Leadership"?
Lingenfelter, Paul E.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v39 n1 p13-19 Jan-Feb 2007
In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education, commissioned by Secretary of Education T. H. Bell, issued a report titled "A Nation at Risk," that turned the national spotlight on the need for educational reform and gave impetus to reform efforts over more than two decades. Now another commission, this one appointed by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, has sounded similar alarms about higher education in its report, "A Test of Leadership." "A Test of Leadership" contains few surprises for those who have followed higher-education policy in the United States over the past quarter century. Its findings and recommendations focus on six familiar issues: access, cost and affordability, financial aid, learning, transparency/accountability, and innovation. The report's importance lies not in fresh analysis but in calling for an end to complacency. Ultimately, learning and the advancement of knowledge depend on students, faculty, and the institutional context in which they do their work. The primacy of faculty and students, however, does not diminish the responsibility of the states to create the conditions necessary for their success. Whether or not American higher education passes "A Test of Leadership" depends a great deal on how the states respond. For many states, this will require new initiatives and fresh policy approaches. Like "A Nation At Risk" 23 years ago, "A Test of Leadership" sounds an alarm to be ignored only at the peril of future generations. Without question, the states, the federal government, colleges and universities, and the American people have the capacity to respond to these challenges and create an even better future. With a strong sense of common purpose among public leaders and educators, clear goals, measured results, and shared responsibility and accountability for performance, America will succeed. (Contains 7 resources.)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Higher Education, Total Quality Management, Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, School Restructuring, Change Strategies, Leadership Effectiveness, Excellence in Education, Accountability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States