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Realigning the Focus Of West Virginia’s Investment in Higher Education

The Current Situation

  • 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[1] at a time of diminishing funding for higher educati

A 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 achievement

  • 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:

  •  Know 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 citizenry.

[1] Improved thinking and learning manifested by students per unit of time