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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.
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.

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 market.

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 Learning.

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 of London.

Photos by Dennis Brack, Black Star, For CrossTalk

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