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[Phys-l] Spellings Releases Plan for Higher Ed

The FORWARD below from the Inside Higher Ed may be of interest to some subscribers.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
24245 Hatteras Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 08:36:22 -0400
Subject: IHE NEWS BULLETIN: Spellings Releases Plan for Higher Ed

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings plans a many faceted campaign to carry out the recommendations of her Commission on the Future of Higher Education, including providing matching funds to colleges and states that collect and publicly report how well their students learn, building a "privacy protected" database of college students' academic records, and streamlining the process of applying for federal student aid.

Those are among a small number of specific efforts that Spellings will announce in a speech today in which she will endorse the panel's work and challenge college leaders, policy makers and the public to help improve an American higher education system that she describes as slipping.

The full article is available on the Inside Higher Ed Web site, at

For background on the Spellings Commission, you can find all of IHE's extensive coverage of the panel and its work at