If higher education had to wear a badge saying ‘What are we here for?’ There can only be one answer in this One Planet World, ‘We are here to liberate the creativity needed to continually reduce the Resource Intensity of Society at continually reducing Resource Intensity of Learning’.
Put more prosaically, ‘we are here to continually improve the ‘Quality of Life’ whilst continually improving the ‘Quality of Learning.
Waking The Sleeping Giant
Margaret Spellings, Forbes 08.11.10, 06:00 PM EDTThe need for innovation in higher education.
Remember Gulliver? He’s the big guy who landed on the island of Lilliputians and fell asleep. While he was asleep the little tiny Lilliputians surrounded him and tied him down completely. Gulliver couldn’t move–he was trapped, even though he was a giant and an accomplished explorer set out to discover new things and new ideas. When I think about higher education in America, I think of Gulliver.
Like Gulliver, higher education is a giant force. We Americans smugly brag that our system is the finest in the world while our international rankings of college attainment continue to fall. Higher education is now tied up by Lilliputians and, like poor Gulliver, it can’t or won’t get up…………..
………………..We must develop and enact policies that incentivize the delivery of quality offerings while controlling costs. And we must develop a new results-oriented model of quality assurance that provides consumers and policymakers more information and accountability for our individual and public sector investments. Our federal government must also become an advocate for innovation through changes in visa policies that embrace individuals who are educated here, by making investments in cutting edge research, and by fostering a regulatory environment that eliminates barriers–such as the inadequate accreditation system–to innovation and results……………..