Paul E. Lingenfelter, President, State Higher Education Executive Officers
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
December 6, 2012
The arrival of the “knowledge economy” predicted by Peter Drucker nearly 50 years ago is generating unprecedented demands for greater quantity and quality of educational achievement, a proliferation of suppliers, and urgent calls for more efficient and effective instruction and quality assurance. Educators are challenged to improve student achievement while reducing costs, accreditors are challenged to increase rigor and reduce burden, and governmental regulators are challenged simultaneously to become more flexible and more consistent. This presentation will survey the causes, describe the dilemmas, and explore pathways for achieving effective, efficient quality assurance within the framework and tradition of self-regulation.