Blue Ribbon Commission Releases Report on Higher Education

Posted: May 10, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The final version of the much-anticipated report of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education has been released. The 122-page report discusses such topics as the affordability, accountability, and quality of Virginia’s colleges and universities and the role institutions of higher learning should play in the overall growth of Virginia’s economy. The discussion includes a series of recommendations that address each topic.

The report was produced by a 39-member committee composed of George Mason President Alan Merten and Sidney Dewberry, a member of George Mason’s Board of Visitors, as well as representatives of many of the commonwealth’s other colleges and universities, members of the General Assembly, and business leaders. You may download the report from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website.

In the report, the commission calls on colleges and universities to be “versatile and responsive to increasingly customized student needs, including lifetime learning, just-in-time learning, and distance education.” It calls for institutions of higher learning to include workforce development, research and scholarship, and creative partnerships among their key functions.

The report also urges colleges and universities to support economic development and ensure “that all students graduate with a level of technological literacy that will equip them to deal with the technological requirements of business in the information age, and the ability to think, write, and speak critically and solve problems.”

This is the first in a series of six Daily Gazette articles that cover the key elements of the Blue Ribbon Commission’s report.

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