There is a one sentence teaser in the Oregonian’s pro-higher
education funding editorial “Protect the ‘seed corn’ of Oregon’s future economy”
(3/22/09) here) The sentence is “Pernsteiner
and his university presidents express openness to some promising innovations
and cost-cutting ideas now on the table.” Please give us more. Just what are
the “promising innovations?” Or the “cost-cutting ideas?” And where is the
As I wrote in my posting “Musings on Higher Ed” (here) a few months ago, higher education is very resistant to change, and one should not confuse support for higher education for Oregon students with support for its current model and organization. Oregon needs to send more of its university students to study abroad. Even more drastic changes in how courses are delivered, tested and credited will be needed to make our economy competitive. Are such ideas now on the table?