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Four new members have joined the Board of Directors of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education: Dr. Robert Atwell, Dennis A. Collins, Matthew H. Kisber and Deborah Wadsworth.

Robert AtwellDennis A. Collins
Matthew H. KisberDeborah Wadsworth
Robert Atwell was president of the American Council on Education from 1984 to 1997. He has also served as president of Pitzer College, in southern California, and as co-chair of the National Policy Board on Higher Education Institutional Accreditation.

Dennis A. Collins is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California and the former president and Chief Executive Officer of the James Irvine Foundation.

Matthew H. Kisber is commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Previously, Kisber served ten consecutive terms in the state House of Representatives and was vice president of business development for First Tennessee Bank.

Deborah Wadsworth is senior advisor to Public Agenda, a New York-based organization that conducts opinion surveys on a range of public policy issues. She was executive director of Public Agenda from 1986 to 1999 and later its president.


"From High School to College: Improving Opportunities for Success in Postsecondary Education" has been published by Jossey-Bass, A. Wiley Imprint. The book describes the fractured relations between the nation's K-12 schools and its postsecondary education institutions and makes recommendations that could ease a student's transfer from one level to the next.

The authors are Michael W. Kirst, professor of education and business administration at Stanford University, and Andrea Venezia, a senior policy consultant and project director at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The research on which the book is based was funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Department of Education.


The National Center has assembled a group of higher education officials and policy specialists to seek new state-level approaches to two problems: how to provide more Americans with at least two years of education beyond high school, and how to provide a highly competitive American workforce.

The group's first meeting was held in Long Beach, California, in mid-April and was hosted by Charles Reed, chancellor of the California State University system.


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