Joni E. Finney, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher
Education, and Kristin D. Conklin, director of the Center' s Washington office, briefed
state legislators on maximizing the effectiveness of the new federal tuition tax
credits at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislators, in
Las Vegas in July.
|The National Center for Public Policy and
Higher Education and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
(NCHEMS) jointly sponsored a June meeting on the role of the public policy in shaping
the higher education market.
|Gordon K. Davies, president of the Kentucky
postsecondary education coordinating board, participated in hte policy research seminar.
|NCHEMS President Dennis Jones (right) chats
with Alan Wagner, of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, during
a break in the June meeting.
A final report will be published in September.
The Center has sponsored or co-sponsored several meetings in recent months.
An April discussion of ways to strengthen relationships between elementary and
secondary education and higher education included Finney; Center President Patrick
M. Callan; consultant Cal Frazier; Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust;
and Michael Kirst, professor of education at Stanford University.
Also, Mark Musick, president of the Southern Regional Education Board; Arturo
Pacheco, dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas, El Paso; Ted
Sanders, president of Southern Illinois University; P. Michael Timpane of RAND; and
Michael Usdan, president of the Institute for Educational Leadership.
Later in April the Center and the Knight Higher Education Collaborative convened
a "national roundtable" in Santa Cruz, California, to discuss ways in which
the worlds of public policy and higher education have changed in recent years. The
results of these discussions are featured in this issue's A
Very Public Agenda.
At a June meeting held outside Washington, D.C., Callan, Conklin and Finney joined
ten others in a discussion of the role of public policy in shaping the higher education
Participants included Gordon K. Davies, recently named as president of Kentucky'
s postsecondary education coordinating board; David D. Dill, professor of public
policy analysis and education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Peter
T. Ewell, senior associate at the National Center for Higher Education Management
Systems (NCHEMS); Dennis P. Jones, president of NCHEMS; and Sam Leiken, director
of public policy and government relations for the Council for Adult and Experiential
Also, Aims C. McGuinness, senior associate at NCHEMS; Brian Roherty, director
of the Washington office of Met West; Virginia Smith, president emerita of Vassar
College; Alan Wagner, of The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development;
and Gareth Williams, professor of education at the Institute of Education, University