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Richard M. Freeland, Commissioner | October 6, 2009. A Vision for Higher Education in Massachusetts. A Vision for Higher Education in Massachusetts. Purposes of the Vision Project. To focus the work of the Department of Higher Education To unify the work of our public campuses

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a vision for higher education in massachusetts
A Vision for Higher Education in Massachusetts

Purposes of the Vision Project

  • To focus the work of the Department of Higher Education
  • To unify the work of our public campuses
  • To actualize the Board of Higher Education’s responsibility to set direction for public higher education
  • To draw attention to our most important contributions to the Commonwealth
  • To inspire excellence in our educational work
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A Vision for Higher Education in Massachusetts

The Vision

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We will produce the best-educated citizenry and workforce in the nation.

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A Vision for Higher Education in Massachusetts

Implications of the Vision

  • Define a limited set of educational outcomes reflective of the vision
  • Attach top priority within DHE to achievement of outcomes
  • Identify metrics to track progress on outcomes
  • Compare achievements annually with other states
  • Highlight progress in Performance Measurement Report
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A Vision for Higher Education in Massachusetts

Preliminary List of Vision-Linked Outcomes

  • Massachusetts will be a national leader in:
    • College-going rates of high school graduates
    • Graduation (or student success) rates among public campuses
    • Production of graduates in key areas of workforce need
    • Performance of public college students on normed, national assessments of learning
    • Percentage of adult (or working age) population with college degrees or certificates
    • Absence of disparate outcomes among different ethnic/racial, economic, and gender groups
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A Vision for Higher Education in Massachusetts

The Challenge of Funding

  • We must make the case for state support based on importance of outcomes.
  • We must aggressively seek additional sources of funding.
  • We cannot let financial challenges defeat our aspirations.
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A Vision for Higher Education in Massachusetts

Next Steps in the Vision Project

  • Extend process of consultation with campus leaders
  • Refine list of vision-linked outcomes and related metrics
  • Seek formal BHE endorsement of project
  • Initiate review of DHE’s Performance Measurement System