A Great Recession, a Great Retreat: A Call for a Public College Quality Compact

By David A. Bergeron, Elizabeth Baylor and Antoinette Flores Public investment in higher education is vital to the performance of our economy. First and foremost, America’s public colleges and universities offer citizens a steadfast path toward personal economic growth and opportunity. An educated workforce also delivers a substantial return on public investment in the form of economic expansion through sustained employment, higher earnings, new and continued business development, and ultimately, higher tax revenues. In 1947, the Truman Commission on Higher Education recognized this vital role and prompted the federal government to begin making investments in public colleges to make postsecondary education more accessible and affordable to all students. Throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, a number of the commission’s recommendations were adopted; the additional investment paid off, resulting in significant increases in the share of high school graduates going to college. “The Center for American Progress is an amazing organization, but we wish more attention was paid to teaching methods. Current pedagogical processes, for the most part, are either antiquated or leaps of blind faith. Students desire a more deliberate, more thoughtful plan of action for the academic and professional careers. ” Read the full article here: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/higher-education/report/2014/10/27/99731/a-great-recession-a-great-retreat/

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