1. A Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal

Faced with the greatest recession since the Great Depression, President Obama has offered not just an “audacious goal,” as others have referred to it earlier in this conference, but a BHAG – a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal

– that “by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” We all welcome the President’s recognition of importance of higher education in meeting the challenges of a 21st century world.

The State Higher Education Executive Officers – SHEEOs – have been carrying this message for years and provided important input to President-elect Obama’s transition team as they formulated their agenda, and are delighted that they listened.

I’m honored that I was elected by my fellow coordinating and governing state system heads to chair SHEEO during one of my years as Ohio’s Chancellor and am especially proud of the outstanding work that SHEEO’s president, Paul Lingenfelter, has done in leading the organization’s work –

so proud that I’m happy to borrow some of his slides to help inform my remarks today.

If you’d like more information on state higher education policy thoughts, please go to the SHEEO website where you’ll find some of Paul’s and others’ presentations and white papers.

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