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National CrossTalk Fall 1999
News Editorial Other Voices Interview

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Peter Ewell Timothy Riordan

Virginia B. Smith Award

THE VIRGINIA B. SMITH Innovative Leadership Award for the year 2001 has gone to Peter Ewell, vice president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, and Timothy Riordan, a professor of philosophy at Alverno College. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), in Orlando, Florida, last fall. Ewell and Riordan were honored for “contributions to the field of assessment and to improvements in teaching and learning.” The award is named for, and honors, Virginia B. Smith, president emerita of Vassar College. It is administered jointly by CAEL and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tough Choices
IN DONALD HELLER’S article, “Uncertain Times,” in your Fall issue (National CrossTalk, Fall 2001), he concludes by saying state policy makers have a choice to make: “…slash state support for higher education, leading us back to an era of large tuition increases, cuts in services and constraints on enrollment, [or] maintain the state’s commitment to public colleges and universities.” The choice is misleadingly simple; who would choose the former, given this description?

In reality, the decision to provide more funding for higher education is a series of choices like providing less for public schools, corrections, human service programs and/or increasing taxes or pressing higher education to perform more efficiently. These choices and actions are much tougher than Mr. Heller implies.

Curtis Nichols
Assistant Budget Director, Office of
Budget and Program Planning, State of
Montana



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