Where’s the Learning in Higher Learning?
The July/August 2012 issue of Trusteeship magazine, a publication of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, features the article “Where’s the Learning in Higher Learning?” by Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersh. In the article, the authors argue that the goal of graduating has displaced learning as the real purpose of college; expectations and standards of a rigorous education have yielded to thinly disguised professional training, while teaching and learning have been de-valued and de-prioritized; and significant institutional cultural change is needed to elevate learning in colleges and universities. Keeling and Hersh call upon board leadership to work with presidents and faculty members to put learning at the center of the institution’s business and to gather, report, and discuss evidence of change. The full article is available online to members of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.