Perhaps the most widely accepted belief about higher education today is that our nation will need more college- educated people in the future than we have now or than we are on track to produce. This belief, given greater urgency by the most recent economic recession, has increasingly led to calls for transforming higher education and for embracing a wide variety of “innovations.”
Without question, improving higher education to expand access and student success should be a goal of everyone–the public, elected leaders, businesses, and those who work to provide that education.
The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education was launched to guarantee that affordable quality higher education is accessible to all sectors of our society in the coming decades, and include the voices of the faculty, staff, students and our communities—not just administrators, politicians, foundations and think tanks—in the process of making change. We must ensure that the emphasis, curriculum, pricing, and structure of our nation’s higher education systems are good for our students and the quality of education they receive.
The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, during national gatherings of participants and member organizations, considers adoption of resolutions that align with principles and causes CFHE supports, or that help advance quality public higher education for students and faculty.
On May 17, 2011, faculty and staff leaders from across the country gathered at the National Press Club in Washington DC on the 57th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision to announce the historic launch.
During a news conference and forum via live webcast, the participants spoke about building a campaign to promote broad access to public higher education, which is essential to getting our country back on track.
In addition to some 50 faculty members and supporters who attended the news conference, many faculty groups across the U.S. held “Watching Parties” to view it via live webcast.