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Realigning the Focus Of
West Virginia’s Investment in Higher Education
Most public funding goes largely toward "seat time"
Lack of clarity about what "success" in higher education means
Uneven response to instructional productivity issue
Questions about the public value created by higher education -
perception that the private value that accrues to the individual is far
greater that the value/benefit created for society
Lack of clarity about learning and thinking expectations and goals
confuses students, parents, business, government
Failure to align funding to achieving learning and thinking outcomes
limits the performance of institutions of higher learning
Acute need to improve productivity
at a time of diminishing funding for higher educati
Good Time to Consider Change
The ongoing debate in conjunction with the Higher Education
Reauthorization Act in Congress is focusing on strategies aligned to
compel greater "learning productivity"
Others nations are beginning to move in this direction
United Kingdom higher education moving all state funding to academic
European Union is formulating a comprehensive overhaul of the higher
education system in their member nations to become the best in the world
Graduates must be prepared for a seamless transition to life and career,
possessing the requisite foundations and attributes expected of an
educated citizenry. They will:
how to participate, adapt and lead effectively in a multicultural and
dynamic global society.
Possess the in-depth knowledge and well-honed integrative thinking
skills (e.g., critical, resourceful, adaptive and inventive
thinking) required to deal with the complex challenges of modern life
and the changing global landscape.
Exhibit life-long learning strategies and competencies that will enable
them to adapt and reinvent themselves as career skills become outmoded
and new opportunities arise.
Demonstrate well-developed personal and interpersonal skills,
moral/ethical acumen, the discipline to act conscientiously and assume
civic and community responsibilities incumbent upon an educated