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New Board Members

THREE NEW MEMBERS—Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr., Virginia B. Edwards and James M. Furman—have joined the board of directors of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

De los Santos was vice chancellor for student and educational development at the Maricopa Community College District, in Phoenix, from 1978 to 1999. He is now a research professor at Arizona State University and serves on several national boards and committees.

Edwards has been editor of Education Week, which covers policy developments in elementary and secondary education, since December 1995. She is also president of Editorial Projects in Education, the nonprofit corporation that publishes both Education Week and Teacher Magazine.

Furman was executive vice president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation from 1982 until 1991 and remains a member of the foundation’s board of directors. Before that, he was executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (1975–1980); executive director of the Washington State Council on Higher Education (1970–1975); and executive officer, Ohio Board of Regents (1964–1970).

James B. Hunt Jr., former governor of North Carolina, will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors of the National Center, while Garrey Carruthers, former governor of New Mexico, will be vice chairman.

James B. Hunt, Jr.
  Garrey Carruthers
  Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr.
Virginia B. Edwards
  James M. Furman

“Senior Slump” Report Released at D.C. Press Forum

Michael Kirst (right), professor of education at Stanford University, discusses his “senior slump” report at a May press conference in Washington, D.C. Kirst urged that the senior year of high school be made more challenging. The report was published by the Institute for Educational Leadership and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.



This publication series, co-sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, seeks to promote public and educational policies designed to strengthen linkages between K–12 and higher education. Reports in the series are addressed to policymakers, business and civic leaders, and educators.

Overcoming the High School Senior Slump: New Education Policies, by Michael W. Kirst (May 2001). This report examines the causes and consequences of high school “senior slump” and presents policy directives that can help American high schools reclaim the academic rigor of the senior year.

Doing Comparatively Well: Why the Public Loves Higher Education and Criticizes K–12, by John Immerwahr (October 1999). The author explores public attitudes about K–12 and higher education, and identifies trends that suggest that higher education’s “honeymoon” with the public may be waning. The report is based on a wide range of public opinion surveys and focus groups conducted by Public Agenda during the past five years.

Higher Education and the Schools: State Strategies that Support Successful Student Transitions from Secondary to Postsecondary Education, by P. Michael Timpane (July 1999). This report explores the implications of school reform issues for the future of higher education.

All One System: A Second Look, by Harold L. Hodgkinson (June 1999). This update to the seminal 1985 report, All One System, clarifies trends, impasses, and areas of priority regarding the long-neglected relationships between higher education and the public schools.

Ordering Information: These publications are available for $15 per copy (quantity discounts available). The full four-report series can be purchased for $45. To order, please e-mail, fax, or mail your request to: Institute for Educational Leadership

1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 310, Washington, D.C. 20036 Telephone: 202-822-8405 • Fax: 202-872-4050 • E-mail:


The following publications and other resources expand upon the information contained in “Measuring Up 2000: The State-by-State Report Card for Higher Education.” The next edition of “Measuring Up” will be published in 2002.

Measuring Up 2000 (November 2000): This first-of-itskind report card evaluates each state on its performance in higher education. Measuring Up 2000 also provides comprehensive profiles of each state and brief states-at-aglance comparisons. This web site allows you to make your own comparisons of state performance in higher education. You can download all or parts of Measuring Up 2000, as well as all data used to create the indicators in the report card.

Some Next Steps for States: A Follow-up to Measuring Up 2000, by Dennis Jones and Karen Paulson (June 2001). Provides an overview of the kinds of actions states can take to improve higher education performance.

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes: A Supplement to Measuring Up 2000, by Peter Ewell and Paula Ries (December 2000). National survey of state efforts to assess student learning outcomes in higher education.

Recent State Policy Initiatives in Education: A Supplement to Measuring Up 2000, by Aims McGuinness, Jr. (December 2000). Highlights education initiatives that states have adopted since 1997–98.

A Review of Tests Performed on the Data in Measuring Up 2000, by Peter Ewell (June 2001). Describes the statistical testing performed on the data in Measuring Up 2000 by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Technical Guide Documenting Methodology, Indicators and Data Sources for Measuring Up 2000 (November 2000).

Ordering Information. These publications are available at Single copies of most of these reports are also available by faxing requests to the National Center at 408-271- 2697. Measuring Up 2000 is available by calling 888-269-3652; single copies are $25.00 (quantity discounts available).

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