Monday Minute August 10, 2009

August 10, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

At a meeting I attended a couple of weeks ago in Washington D.C., I heard Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discuss two goals that would bode well for colleges like ours.

One, Secretary Duncan wants to include more design content in the preK-12 curriculum as a vehicle for teaching students teamwork, problem solving, and creativity. He also sees it as a way of reaching those students whose visual and spatial abilities and eye-hand coordination skills rarely get valued in traditional curriculum. Two, he intends to increase substantially the amount of funding for community colleges.

How would this affect us, even if we don't benefit directly from the investments he mentioned? More design-literate students entering college would certainly increase interest in our degrees and courses, while more community college graduates would likely grow the number of potential transfers into our programs. In the meantime, we need to examine our curriculums to ensure that they account for more design-savvy freshman and that they have enough flexibility to accommodate more community college transfers.

It was good to see education once again a high priority in Washington D.C.