Provost appointed to boards of 2 leading national education groups

Dr. Larry Gould, provost of Fort Hays State University, has been appointed to two national boards, the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education and the Implementation Board of the American Democracy Project.

"We've been a member of the NCCI for three years, and I was a member of the Membership Committee," said Gould. He will be one of 20 on the Executive Board. "It parallels and complements what we do in AQIP" (pronounced A-quip), said Gould. NCCI includes about 70 institutions of higher education and is significant because it complements what FHSU does with its AQIP track, said Gould.

Other members of the NCCI board include such institutions as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin.

Gould said this is a way to let them know what FHSU does in quality management and to use the standards and information from NCCI to "benchmark" quality practices at FHSU.

His first meeting with the board was at the annual conference which began July 26 in New Orleans.

With the American Democracy Project, the Implementation Board includes 20 provosts charged with the task of helping to revitalize and plan for the next three years of the ADP. At the national ADP conference in Florida in early July, he said, two days were spent "brainstorming about the strategic future of the project."

The American Democracy Project is an initiative of 240 of the 425 member institutions of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The goal of the project is to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy.

One of the topics under discussion, said Gould, is being an institution of the future.

"I suggested that AASCU institutions are institutions of the future," said Gould, with the emphasis on "are," "because not only are we stewards of democracy but, equally important, we are the best-positioned institutions to address accessibility, affordability, accountability and accreditation."

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All of those topics, he said, are under discussion by the U.S. Department of Education and will be for several more months. Congress and other levels of the U.S. government are all interested in enhancing affordability and accreditation of institutions of higher education.

"This opportunity gives me a chance to discuss where FHSU is" with respect to these criteria, he said. "I really think we -- AASCU -- are well-positioned to be the most influential institutions on those topic for the next 10 to 25 years."

"We educate citizens for democracy," said Gould. "That characterizes AASCU institutions very well."

Renewal of the three-year ADP may be discussed at a conference, through action items such as writing a new grant and a how-to publication for institutions interested in joining. "FHSU," he said, "has a larger, more enhanced role to play."

Gould, meantime, invites faculty and staff to participate and make presentations in both initiatives -- on quality management and ADP.

Gould is the contact for NCCI, and Dr. Chapman Rackaway, assistant professor of political science, is the contact for ADP.

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