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December 18, 2006

Debra Humphreys
202/387-3760 ext. 422
Gretchen Wright

How Must U.S. Colleges Change to Better Prepare Students for Today’s Global Challenges?

Leading Higher Education Association to Release Surveys of Employers and Recent Graduates & New Report Outlining What Students Need to Learn for Global Economy

Are the nation’s colleges and universities giving students what they need to succeed in the new global economy? How are educators and employers coming together to chart new connections between school and college curricula to meet real-world challenges? What changes do employers and recent graduates suggest for higher education? What changes are colleges actually making and what specific changes do they need to make to ensure that their graduates have those skills? These are among the questions that will be addressed at a news conference at:

10am, Wednesday, January 10
Georgetown University, 205 Old North
Washington, DC

At the news conference, The National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), convened by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), will release the results of two national polls on how well schools are preparing the future workforce. One poll is a survey of employers and the other is a survey of recent college graduates. Members of The Leadership Council will also release and discuss its new report, College Learning for the New Global Century, on the essential aims, learning outcomes and guiding principles for a 21st century college education, with recommendations for concrete changes colleges need to make to achieve those goals.

Speakers at the news conference will include:

Ronald Crutcher, Co-chair of LEAP National Leadership Council and President, Wheaton College (MA); Wayne Johnson, Vice President of University Relations Worldwide, Hewlett Packard; Tony Carnevale, Senior Fellow, The Education Sector; Carol Schneider, President, AAC&U; Geoffrey Garin, President, Peter D. Hart Research Associates; and George Kuh, Director, National Survey of Student Engagement, and Chancellor’s Professor, Indiana University Bloomington

The public opinion polls were conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates.

The news conference will be followed by an invitational Business-Higher Education Leadership Forum hosted by Georgetown President, Jack DeGioia, and featuring education and business leaders including Ted Leonsis, AOL and the Washington Capitals, and Arthur Rothkopf, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Media are welcome to attend, but must register in advance for the afternoon event.

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,150 accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education at both the national and local levels and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges. Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at