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We Need a Single Standard for Higher Education

By Jonathan Fanton

As a former president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, I have worked for years to strengthen education in many countries. I have come to appreciate that the ideal education system in any nation needs to be sufficiently diverse to meet the needs of students from many backgrounds and with varying aspirations for both their lives and future careers.

Here in the United States, the framework for education has slowly evolved to meet the changing needs of American students. Today, we are moving toward an education system that, at all levels, provides a mix of private and public institutions that serve an array of students. By increasing opportunities for students at all levels of education, we can provide them with the ability to pursue the education that is the best fit for them.

For-profit colleges play an essential role in educating millions of men and women and helping them enter or return to the workforce. And they help our nation become more competitive in the global economy by equipping students with skills that match job opportunities. The effort to establish standards of best practices deserves our support.

Continued at: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/11/16/12fanton.h31.html?tkn=YLQF1t5%2BKCSkaL6qJxr7vq6cj%2BkXehdo1EO7&cmp=ENL-EU-VIEWS1

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