Higher Education- America's Secret for Higher Success
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to address the U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education in Nashville, Tennessee. I offered the commission six suggestions on how we can take our country's remarkable system of higher education -- the best in the world -- and strengthen it so it can play a pivotal role in helping Americans keep good-paying jobs in the United States.
The fifth of the six suggestions that I offered the commission was to put a spotlight on the greatest disappointment in higher education today: colleges of education.
"At a time when America's schools face a critical demand for effective principals and superintendents, the majority of programs that prepare school leaders range in quality from inadequate to poor." Those are not my words, but those of a new report by Arthur Levine, the president of Teachers College, Columbia University.
This article, written by Senator Alexander, appeared in the December 16th, 2005 publication of The Chattanoogan.com.
Published Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005