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Governors strive to boost higher ed's ranking on political agendas

March 26, 2001

The National Governors Association hosted a roundtable discussion on higher education, Tuesday, March 20, marking the formal launch of an effort to put higher education at the top of state and national agendas.

Goals of the four-year initiative are to expand the dialogue on postsecondary education and help states improve their higher-education systems.

"Governors recognize that economic competitiveness is no longer based on which state can provide the best tax breaks or corporate incentives," said NGA chairman Gov. Parris N. Glendening. "Economic development is being driven by investments in education, particularly in higher education."

The group released five papers it commissioned to describe the economic and demographic forces affective higher education. The essays are available at