Focusing on higher education

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The International Economic Development Council concluded its annual conference in Phoenix last week.

Michael Crow, the president of Arizona State University, alerted the attendees to the importance of improving education. Without a change in focus, he warned that America's "standard of living will decrease, our way of life will be threatened, are opportunities for success for future generations will diminish." Read more.

Crow is an articulate spokesman for the evolving role of education and the University in economic development. You can download some of his speeches from this page.

Five years ago, I suspect we would nopt have seen the president of a research university addressing a national gathering economic development professionals. Now, however, we are seeing the increasingly important role that research universities are playing in economic development.

Sadly, some state legislators still do not see the connection. They continue to slow public investments into major research universities and higher education. See, or example, this commentary from Michigan.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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