Arizona State president says Rick Scott's wrong on higher ed
Gov. Rick Scott's message on refocusing college degrees more exclusively on science, technology, engineering and math as a jobs initiative has spread well beyond Florida's borders. And it has not won much praise among those most closely involved in colleges and universities.
Arizona State University president Michael Crow is but the latest to pan Scott's vision:
"As a university president, I can assure Gov. Scott that his approach to both higher education and economic development is misguided and counterproductive. The notion that we must strip away academic programs not seemingly relevant to workforce development reflects a simplistic and retrograde view of the role of higher education in the American economy.
The governor is correct in one regard: The imperative to advance STEM education cannot be overstated. Given the importance of scientific discovery and technological innovation to our national competitiveness, we should focus on increasing the quantitative, scientific, and technological literacy of all of our students. But resolving the complex challenges that confront our nation and the world requires more than expertise in science and technology. We must also educate individuals capable of meaningful civic participation, creative expression, and communicating insights across borders. The potential for graduates in any field to achieve professional success and to contribute significantly to our economy depends on an education that entails more than calculus."