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National Commission on Higher Education

The federal government wants to take a look at higher education in America and will conduct the first meeting of the National Commission on Higher Education later this month. Houston Public Radio’s Rod Rice reports U-S Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has asked a Houston businessman to head the commission. Charles Miller is a former head […]

The federal government wants to take a look at higher education in America and will conduct the first meeting of the National Commission on Higher Education later this month. Houston Public Radio’s Rod Rice reports U-S Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has asked a Houston businessman to head the commission.

Charles Miller is a former head of the University of Texas Board of Regents, he says without higher education the country can not be as competitive as it needs to be and individuals can not achieve their maximum potential. Miller says there is evidence that too many people are graduating from college without the skills they and their employers need them to have. Also the costs of getting an education keep rising.

Miller says some form of accountability is needed to make sure students are getting what they expect from a college education.

More important than even the commission’s report, says Charles Miller, is getting people to think about and better understand higher education in America.

The 19 member commission meets on the 17th for the first time and then four more times through next may. It will offer its report next august first.

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