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ERIC Number: EJ836357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Current Funds: Public Higher Education Finance in New England
Lingenfelter, Paul E.
New England Journal of Higher Education, v23 n3 p22-24 Win 2009
New Englanders have been well-served by the region's higher education legacy. They tend to be better-educated and more prosperous than the rest of the nation, and the cultural life in their cities and towns is exceptionally rich. But New England dares not rest on its laurels. The growing demand for even greater levels of educational attainment in the 21st century requires a re-examination of public policies for postsecondary education finance. In this article, the author discusses the three misguided ideas that appear frequently in public dialogue about higher education finance: (1) There is a "right amount"; we can create the perfect formula; (2) The only way to get improved performance is to spend more money; and (3) We can get the results we need without spending more money. He contends that policymakers and educators will make more progress if they redirect their attention to three fundamental questions: (1) What does the public need from higher education?; (2) What can higher education do better with its current funding?; and (3) Where can strategic investments generate the needed results? (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Maine; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; Rhode Island; United States; Vermont