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Zemsky R 2007 January 26 The rise and fall of the Spellings Commission The Chronicle of Higher Education 5321 p B6 Retrieved from httpchroniclecomarticleThe-RiseFall-of-the36548In what could be regarded a post mortem of the National Commission on the Future of Higher Education Zemsky a member of the commission in this article gave an insiders view as to how the body failed in its attempt to initiate the much called-for systemic change in higher education The 19-member commission also known as Spellings Commission so called after Margaret Spellings the Secretary of Education under President George W Bush was constituted to chart a new course for postsecondary education by developing a comprehensive national strategy that prepares the institutions for challenges of the 21st century It was headed by Mr Charles Miller a Texas investor like the Secretary of Education confidant of the President and onetime Chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents when Bush was Governor of TexasTo achieve its objective the commission organized several formal sessions across the country to discuss pressing issues likely to impact the contribution of US higher education in global competition The amorphous issues considered include accreditation institutional accountability graduates work-readiness measurement of students outcome or standardized testing college readiness among elementary and secondary school students affordability and access The objective of the commission stimulated initial appeal amongst key players in higher education many of whom showed interest or indicated their willingness to join in the search for a lasting solution to the problems confronting the nations higher education But in over a year the commission concentrated solely on undergraduate education while failing to tackle other pertinent issues such as investment enrichment in higher education technology and most importantly teaching and learning All in all it treated the nations diverse higher institutions in singular terms without due regard for their types mission and sizes of the colleges and universities The commissions failure to accomplish its goal is however
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