Location

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Greenspun Hall

Start Date

14-3-2011 4:30 PM

End Date

14-3-2011 4:30 PM

Description

Facing an avalanche of evidence that the United States no longer leads the world in postsecondary attainment, educational leaders at all levels have begun a far-reaching effort to increase significantly the number of students entering and completing higher education. This is a top priority for the Obama administration, for policy leaders and philanthropy, and for colleges and universities.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities welcomes and strongly supports the emerging national commitment to expand appreciably both access to college and successful completion. We are especially concerned that higher education provide equitable access and expanded opportunity for groups and communities that continue to seek full participation in the promise of American democracy.

Taken alone, however, the headline terms for this effort—“Access and Completion”—threaten to perpetuate what this association has long described as a “dangerous silence” on the most fundamental question of all: what do college students need to learn and be able to do?

Keywords

College graduates; Curriculum change; Education; Higher — Aims and objectives; Education; Higher – Standards; Universities and colleges — Curricula

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Education Policy

Language

English

Comments

Supplemental material

 
Mar 14th, 4:30 PM Mar 14th, 4:30 PM

The Quality imperative: Match ambitious goals for college attainment with an ambitious vision for learning

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Greenspun Hall

Facing an avalanche of evidence that the United States no longer leads the world in postsecondary attainment, educational leaders at all levels have begun a far-reaching effort to increase significantly the number of students entering and completing higher education. This is a top priority for the Obama administration, for policy leaders and philanthropy, and for colleges and universities.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities welcomes and strongly supports the emerging national commitment to expand appreciably both access to college and successful completion. We are especially concerned that higher education provide equitable access and expanded opportunity for groups and communities that continue to seek full participation in the promise of American democracy.

Taken alone, however, the headline terms for this effort—“Access and Completion”—threaten to perpetuate what this association has long described as a “dangerous silence” on the most fundamental question of all: what do college students need to learn and be able to do?