Introduction
 
Importance of Education
 
Purposes of Education
 
Role of Public Policy
 
Challenges Facing Higher Education
 
National Center
 
Conclusion
 
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The Purposes of Higher Education

Iíve told you some of my views on education so that you know how I approach the second position that I speak from today - as chair of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The Centerís purpose is the same cause that we have championed in North Carolina in our higher education efforts, in our efforts to achieve excellent public schools, and in our efforts to give our children a Smart Start - in other words, to emphasize learning all the way through. That cause - and itís one that all of you have devoted your lives to - involves opening the doors of opportunity, the doors that lead to success and achievement and fulfillment in our country. The doors that have led Americans to better lives.

Education generally, and higher education in particular, has several purposes - and one of the most important is to promote citizenship. As I look at the political scene today, having good citizens who care, who understand, who can ferret out truth seems to me to be more and more important. And we ought to say it first when we talk about our purposes.

A second purpose is preparing people to be good human beings, to be good members of families, to be the kind of parents and spouses we ought to be in our families and communities.

And of course a third purpose involves educating people with world-competitive skills. One of the reasons I have always been very interested in education - I will be frank about this, and many of your governors would say the same thing - is because I want to help people have good jobs. Not just jobs, but good jobs that pay people well, that enable them to provide for their families. Most governors work hard to create jobs and would describe themselves as ďeconomic development governors.Ē The best strategy for doing that, Iíve come to realize, is to stress education - to educate and train and motivate people so that they are bright and productive, so that they can think for a living. And you try to do that for all of the people.

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