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ERIC Number: EJ930707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-19
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Putting Money Where the Mouth Is
Jones, Dennis
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jul 2010
Among policymakers at the federal and state levels, as well as within the philanthropic community, there is an overdue awareness that the U.S. and its constituent states need a more highly educated citizenry and workforce. The country is already well behind several other countries in the proportion of its young adult population that has attained a college degree. President Obama has stated as a goal, making the U.S. the leader internationally in education attainment by 2020. However, if Americans wait and hold 2020 as the target year, the necessary rate of increase goes up. The size of the education attainment gap between the U.S and some competitor nations is large and growing. Closing the gap--if addressed immediately--will stretch the higher education system. The higher education enterprise is faced with difficult choices. It can recognize that productivity enhancements will be required and find ways to serve more students more effectively with the resources available. In this article, the author argues that if institutions are to change their behaviors in ways that will lead to productivity improvements, state policy will have to be better aligned with the completion and productivity agendas.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States