Magazine article Liberal Education

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Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor

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This issue focuses on the completion agenda, that more or less coordinated effort to achieve the national goal of increasing - significantly and quickly - the overall number of college graduates in the United States. From campus, state, and national perspectives, the Featured Topic section provides an overview of the various policies and proposals designed to improve graduation rates and increase the efficiency of degree production, and examines some of the negative unintended consequences that may result from their implementation. The overarching concern expressed by the authors is that, unless it is complemented by sustained attention to educational quality, the completion agenda could undermine the progress currently being made to ensure that all students attain higher levels of achievement on an array of important twenty-first-century learning outcomes - that is, to ensure they receive a highquality college education that responds to our nation's contemporary economic and social needs.

It may seem ironic for the higher education community to resist aspects of the completion agenda. For government and philanthropy to join together in seeking ways to get more students into and (more quickly) out of college is, at one level, a show of confidence in American higher education: "We value what you do, and we want you to do more of it. …

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