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Leading center directors release statement for presidential task force

February 16, 2017

Last week, nine directors of leading centers for higher education released a statement for the presidential Task Force for Higher Education Reform chaired by Jerry Falwell, Jr. The statement, which is posted on the WISCAPE blog, outlines seven key challenges facing higher education and the role of the federal government in addressing these challenges.

Among the authors of the statement is UW-Madison's Clifton Conrad, Vilas Distinguished Professor and professor of higher education, and faculty director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

The challenges outlined in the statement include:

  1. Increase higher education enrollment and attainment;
  2. Promote the diversity of the nation's higher education system and students;
  3. Increase college affordability for individuals from low-income families;
  4. Protect consumers;
  5. Ensure physical safety for all students;
  6. Encourage innovation at the campus level; and
  7. Promote research and development.

According to the ​statement, “Underlying these key challenges should be a commitment to preserving three core principles of higher education in the United States:

  • Academic freedom and free inquiry; 
  • Institutional autonomy to create the best local solutions that are accountable to the citizenry; and
  • The distinct but interrelated roles of the federal government, state government, and accrediting agencies.”
Read the full statement on the WISCAPE blog. 
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