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  How Does Measuring Up 2000 Measure Up?
  Focusing Public Attention
  Making the Grade
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  Meaningful, Measurable Goals

National CrossTalk Fall 1999
News Editorial Other Voices Interview

Measuring Up 2000 is Released at the National Press Club

THE EVENT, held on November 30 in Washington, D.C., was attended by educators, politicians, the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education’s board of directors and news media representatives. Some of their comments:

North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt.
“Measuring Up 2000 shows that the benefits from higher education in America are unevenly, and often unfairly, distributed, and they do not reflect the distribution of talent in American society. And, in par-ticular, they have not been made available to people of color, and from different nations, and people in poor circumstances. So, although we have done well, we are not doing nearly well enough.”
—North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt

“It is important to read this report. It is important to study it and to use it as a guide for improvement. Use it to develop an agenda that makes sense for your particular state. As a former governor and state senator I can tell you it contains exactly the kind of information that can help states to mobilize in order to improve higher educa-tion and expand educational opportunities.”

“I firmly believe that in this information age, every single American should get at least two years of postsecondary education. In my view, we must replace the old idea of K–12 of the 20th century with a K–14, K–16 model in the 21st century.”
—U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley

“I know there will be some who will say, ‘Why did you give grades? Is that showmanship?’ Well, it is. One of the things I learned in public policy is that you have to get the public’s attention. And I suspect that when people see grades for their states, that is going to make them stop and think.”
—Governor Jim Edgar of Illinois

Roger Enrico, president and CEO of PepsiCo.
“Over the last few decades, the gap between rich and poor, if you will, is growing wider and wider, and we can certainly see that it is highly related to education and advanced education.”
—Roger Enrico,
president and CEO of PepsiCo

“This report, for the first time in history, really demystifies higher education. It is going to help legislatures to focus on performance issues and compare their state’s results with other states, knowing that it can be done. I would recommend this to every legislator in the country, especially those who deal with higher education issues.”
U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley and former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar.

—Howard “Pete” Rawlings, member of the Maryland House of Delegates

“It is true that there is a gap (between races), and that remains a national embarrassment and a chal-lenge for us, but the fact that gap differs so much across states is what tells us that policymaking mat-ters.”
—Uri Treisman, director of the Charles A. Dana Center, and professor of mathematics, at The University of Texas

Print reporters and radio and television broadcasters covered the release of the 50-state report card.
“I think [Measuring Up 2000] has turned out spectacularly. I think it will dominate the discussion of higher education. I think it opens up an array of questions. I eagerly anticipate the 50-state conversations that will take part over the next year or so as a result of this report.”
—David Breneman, dean of The Curry School of Education at The University of Virginia

Howard “Pete” Rawlings, member, Maryland House of Delegates.
“I certainly hope that these findings integrated into Measuring Up 2000 will begin to erode the prevailing stereo-type throughout much of America today that both lack of preparation for college and participation in college can be traced directly to parents who do not sufficiently value higher education. That is simply not the case.”
—Debra Wadsworth, executive director of Public Agenda

“The National Center is in the business of improvement, and I want to stress, this is just a means to an end, one big step along the way, and we are committed not only to doing Measuring Up in 2002 and 2004, but working with states and policy leaders around the coun-try for improvement…It is improvement in high-er education that makes it more accessible and more effective for the American public in all of our states.”
—Patrick M. Callan, president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

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