LSU president tells national audience ‘higher education must change’

LSU President F. King Alexander is calling for fundamental change in the nation’s higher education system. In a national forum this morning sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Alexander said students need more outcomes-based information about public four-year institutions so they can make better decisions when choosing a school.

“Making outcomes-based information easily accessible and easy to understand is critical in allowing our students to make the right choices for their education,” Alexander said. “When you purchase a car, you check out the Blue Book and check its performance. Why can’t we do the same thing for higher education?”

Too many students either don’t finish college or graduate with an unsustainable level of debt, Alexander said in his remarks at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County. To address that situation, he called for a three-pronged approach that “prioritizes outcomes, incentivizes states to maintain or increase their support of public universities, and ensures accountability through the regulatory process.”

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