"Measuring Up 2002," the latest report card from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, was discussed at a symposium held at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C., October 2.
This is the National Center's second report card, evaluating and grading each of the 50 states on its performance in providing education and training beyond high school. Since publication of "Measuring Up 2000" many states have made progress in preparing students for college-level education, the new report finds, but overall college opportunity in America is at a standstill.
"The largest gains since the 2000 report card are in preparing young Americans to be able to enroll in and succeed in college," said James B. Hunt Jr., chair of the National Center's Board of Directors and former governor of North Carolina, "but there are young Americans who still do not have the opportunity to prepare for and enroll in college."
In addition to Governor Hunt, those in attendance at the symposium included Governor Paul Patton of Kentucky; Roberts T. Jones, president and CEO of the National Alliance of Business; Ted Sanders, president of the Education Commission of the States; and Paul Lingenfelter, executive director of the State Higher Education Executive Officers.
Members of the National Center Board of Directors who were present included Garrey Carruthers, president and CEO of Cimarron Health Plan and former governor of New Mexico; Jim Edgar, Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and former governor of Illinois; and Virginia B. Edwards, editor of Education Week and president of Editorial Projects in Education.
Also, Roger A. Enrico, former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. Inc; Robert McCabe, senior fellow with the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, and former president of Miami-Dade Community College; and Howard "Pete" Rawlings, chairman of the appropriations committee in the Maryland House of Delegates.