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Action Plan for Higher Education: Improving Accessibility, Affordability, and Accountability


"A college diploma has become increasingly essential to achieving the American Dream. One year ago, Secretary Spellings formed the bipartisan Commission on the Future of Higher Education to launch a robust national dialogue on the need to strengthen higher education to remain competitive in the 21st century. The Commission's Sept. 19, 2006 final report -- A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of Higher Education -- found that "U.S. higher education needs to improve in dramatic ways," changing from "a system primarily based on reputation to one based on performance." Today, Secretary Spellings announces an Action Plan designed to improve higher education's performance and our ability to measure that performance. The proposals will make higher education more accessible, affordable and accountable to students, parents, business leaders and taxpayers. "