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Higher Education Summit a Success

Posted on | September 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Higher Education Summit a Success

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James Duderstadt, M.R.C. Greenwood and Martha Kanter

Proceedings from E Kamakani Hou, the University of Hawaiʻi’s higher education summit, have been posted online. More than 250 people attended the Sept. 10 summit, which brought national and community leaders together to talk about helping Hawaiʻi compete in the global economy.

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter outlined the federal education agenda and applauded Hawaiʻi’s efforts to increase graduation rates and prepare K–12 students for college and career. University of Michigan President Emeritus James Duderstadt talked about the importance of creating intellectual capital. National Center for Higher Education Management Systems President Dennis Jones called on institutions of higher education to be more productive, producing more graduates with fewer resources.

Participants, who represented business, political, educational and philanthropic circles, had the opportunity to respond to speakers and share ideas for increasing the number of college graduates, spurring innovation and preparing the workforce for the 21st century.

“We’ve received extremely positive feedback,” President M.R.C. Greenwood reported to the Board of Regents Sept. 17. Post-summit workgroups will be established “to build on the rich conversations that took place at the summit and to form a solid foundation as these partnerships begin to take shape and emerge from the summit in the coming weeks” she said.

The online proceedings include video of the speakers and summaries of their remarks as well as a slideshow of program highlights. The summit was hosted by Greenwood with support from corporate, foundation and individual sponsors. Read more.