Brisch: Education to Play Vital Role for State's Role in Global Economy / Cooperation Necessary

By Ray, Tim | THE JOURNAL RECORD, July 7, 1988 | Go to article overview

Brisch: Education to Play Vital Role for State's Role in Global Economy / Cooperation Necessary


Ray, Tim, THE JOURNAL RECORD


States currently are in a unique position to take advantage of a global economy, and education will play a vital role in the ability of states to make the most of their unique position, Dr. Hans Brisch, chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, said Wednesday.

State governments have a major responsibility in marshaling human resources, particularly through the process of providing educational opportunities, indicated Brisch, who addressed the Oklahoma City Economic Roundtable.

Government, academia and the private sector all must work together as partners for Oklahoma to be able to pull itself up by its proverbial bootstraps, Brisch said.

"For a long time, we all believed that the international markets belonged to Washington (D.C.)," Brisch said. "States in America have a unique opportunity to direct international strategy. We live in a global economy, and we must by necessity become a part of it or lose out."

Creation of a talent base, Brisch said, is essential, and education at its various levels provides the means to create the talent base.

Because of the global marketplace, investments in education and in other areas must be looked at in the long term rather than the short term, said Brisch.

"We need to make sure that when we talk about investments in education and investments in general that we focus on long-term returns, not just next quarter's returns," he said. …

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