We invited each of the six New England governors to write articles on future challenges facing higher education in their respective states. …
The Future of Higher Education in Connecticut
by Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of Connecticut
Outwardly, the results appear impressive—growth in enrollments and degrees granted, expanded campuses and program offerings, and a well-known reputation for maintaining high academic standards. Yet at some point along this path, we lost our national ranking as first in educational attainment, outpaced by other states acting more aggressively and with greater foresight in anticipating future economic and demographic challenges. It is imperative that we turn this around now, or else we forever play catch-up.
In Maine, Postsecondary Success Starts Before College
by Paul R. LePage, Governor of MaineIf we’re not engaging students, but still promoting them from grade level to grade level, they’re graduating from high school unprepared for the rigors of college coursework. If they even enroll in college, it’s those students who are most likely to need remediation, and most likely to drop out before they earn a degree. What we need in Maine is an education system that holds students to rigorous standards, encourages students to take charge of their own learning and has flexibility and relevance at its core. In other words, our education system needs to offer all students—especially those at-risk of falling behind—more opportunities to be successful in school.
In Mass., Public Higher Education Is Engine for Opportunityby Deval Patrick, Governor of MassachusettsThanks to our dedicated teachers and committed students, Massachusetts leads the nation in student achievement and classroom innovation. We’ve made education our top priority because it’s the path to a more fulfilling life, a more rewarding career and a richer society. I have personally experienced the transformative power of education and have a deep understanding of what a good teacher and a good school can mean to a young person.
For more on the series, see Here Come the Guvs.