We hold this truth to be self-evident: The best preparation for 21st Century workplace challenges is to earn a liberal arts degree or a professional degree that is grounded in and inspired by the liberal arts.
Employers have once again reiterated their strong preference for hiring college graduates with a liberal arts background because this [...]
College completion is both an individual investment and a public good. College graduates can count on higher personal income, better benefit packages, and the likelihood of living a longer, happier life. Our society can count on college graduates to be less violent, to be more economically independent, and to be more tolerant, open minded [...]
The higher education “international exchange rate” is unfavorable and improving at an alarmingly slow rate, given our need for graduates prepared for success in our contemporary global economy. There are basically two problems: not enough U.S. students are studying abroad and the opportunity to study abroad is disproportionately available to traditional students enrolled at private [...]Continue Reading →
Note: While on sabbatical, Dr. Comstock is working as the Director of the Executive Leadership Group at the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.
After nearly a decade as a chief academic officer, I got used to people asking me my opinion on higher education issues. But now that I am working at the [...]Continue Reading →
Amid all the drama associated with the departure and reinstatement of the UVA President, there remains at least one generic plot line that merits additional analysis: What is the appropriate way to incorporate a business orientation into the ethos of higher education?
William W. Keep, Dean of the College of Business at the University of New Jersey, raised [...]Continue Reading →
Note: This post connects to the conversational thread started here in March, which focused on sharing lessons and insights about leadership challenges faced by CAOs and other senior administrators as we seek ways to ease the tension between our goals for access, completion rates, and educational quality.
One of the most direct ways to enhance [...]Continue Reading →
The past few weeks have been a time of reflection for me. My father died and my family experienced what all families do when they lose the man who provided for them, guided them, protected them, and — in my case — made sure we fully understood the value of a college education.
I’m “third [...]Continue Reading →
Fortunately, those of us working on policy and program delivery designed to support “access” seem to be collectively making progress on that important national goal. On [...]Continue Reading →
Recently a thoughtful academic leader asked me if I thought there was a tension between the goal to promote “access” and the aspiration to deliver “quality” in higher education.
It’s a good question.
I started this blog last September so it could be the nexus where quality and access could meet on equal ground. I [...]Continue Reading →
The Indiana State legislature recently jumped into the “credit creep” locomotion through HB 1200, which establishes limits on the number of credit hours that can [...]Continue Reading →
About This Blog
We need a national conversation about what it means to say that every US citizen -- regardless of demographic category -- should have access to quality higher education. Access involves readiness, opportunity, and support. Quality involves essential content, challenge, and engagement. This conversation is the place where access and quality intersect.
Join us as we probe the relationship between quality higher education and issues of affordability, globalization, civic engagement, and practical relevance.
When we do great things for education, we realize the great things education can do for our students, our cities, our country, and our world.
- Academic integrity (1)
- Access (6)
- Civic Engagement (2)
- College Completion (6)
- Core Curriculum (2)
- Diversity (2)
- Essential Learning Outcomes (9)
- Graduation (2)
- International Education (1)
- Leadership (2)
- Performance-based funding (1)
- Quality Higher Education (13)
- Service Learning (3)
- Teacher Preparation (1)
- Uncategorized (4)
- value of liberal arts education (1)
- workforce development (1)