Can Learning Be Improved When Budgets Are in the Red?

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By W. Robert Connor and Cheryl Ching

A year ago, President Obama set an ambitious goal for American higher education. Alarmed by statistics from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation that showed the United States is falling behind other developed countries in that regard, he announced that “by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” That’s a commendable goal, but for it to amount to anything, the quality of student engagement and learning has to improve as well. Can that be done at a time when college budgets are under strain on many fronts?

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