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National Public Radio (NPR): What’s the Future of Undergraduate Education?
December 8, 2017
LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow, joined by Nick Lemann, dean emeritus of Columbia University's School of Journalism, were recently interviewed on National Public Radio's (NPR) On Campus about the future of undergraduate education in the US. They spoke about a recent report from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences' Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education, of which both Dr. Mellow and Mr. Lemann were members.
On NPR, Dr. Mellow spoke about more that needs to be done to help students balance the financial pressures of college, and to incentivize students to go to college full-time, which has been associated with higher graduation rates. She advised investments in technology infrastructure that can help identify a struggling student before she or he drops out. She noted the commission's findings on a greater need to devote more consideration to the quality of college teaching -- urging a re-imagining of how faculty are hired and promoted so that teaching is treated as an essential part of every faculty's skill.
Mr. Lemann emphasized that the report does not conclude that higher-education institutions need increased funding. Rather, he said, "The headline is that we need to do a better job serving the students we already have. We're already at quantity; now we need to get to quality."
Click here to listen to the interview in full.