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Oct. 4, 2012

Northwest joins initiative to increase undergraduate degrees

Dr. John Jasinski

Dr. John Jasinski

Northwest Missouri State University is among nearly 500 public colleges and universities supporting “A Commitment to the Future,” a statement announced Tuesday by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to increase the number of undergraduate baccalaureate degrees granted by public colleges and universities.  

Public higher education institutions are committing to increasing the number of undergraduate baccalaureate degrees they award by 3.8 million between now and 2025 while striving to provide those students with a quality education. Public institutions also are committing to containing per student educational costs while pursing enhanced quality while calling for a renewed partnership among public colleges and universities, states and the federal government as they work to achieve these goals.

Of the 460 signees, 341 are AASCU members, including Northwest.  

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski signed the pledge and made the following statement regarding Tuesday’s announcement:

“Northwest is committed to access, affordability and quality and our mission and student success model focus on student success and all of our roles in accomplishing such. As reported by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, institutional spending data from the past decade illustrate that master comprehensive public colleges and universities have kept overall increases in the cost of educating students to roughly the rate of inflation. This analysis of institutional spending, conducted by the Delta Cost Project at the American Institutes of Research, indicates that it is these institutions that are the most efficient in American higher education, with spending-per-degree the lowest of any sector. But we need to continue to commit to advancing an educated democracy and this ‘Commitment to the Future’ is one way of showing such. It takes a partnership to do so – institutions, the federal and state government, parents and students. Northwest is committed to doing our part.”

Jasinski recently accepted an invitation to serve as chair of AASCU’s committee on professional development. He also serves as a member of AASCU’s rural coalition and membership retention and recruitment committees.

AASCU provides advocacy, leadership and service in support of nearly 420 public colleges and universities in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The committee on professional development helps AASCU provide professional development support to presidents through its annual summer council, orientation workshops for new presidents and other programs for new and experienced campus executives. AASCU committees are comprised of presidents and chancellors from AASCU’s member institutions.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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