Capella University Vice Chairman Authors Chapter in New Book 'Letters to the Next President'

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Dr. Michael Offerman, vice chairman of external initiatives for the online university, analyzes access, affordability and accountability in higher education for adults.

Access, affordability and accountability are critical issues for all of higher education. But, the meaning of these concepts and pursuit of these goals differ for adult students and the institutions that serve them. It is my hope that future public policy will consider the needs of adult students and the particular challenges that they face

In a new book titled Letters to the Next President: Strengthening America's Foundation in Higher Education, Capella University (http://www.capella.edu) Vice Chairman of External Initiatives Dr. Michael Offerman has authored a chapter on access, affordability, and accountability for adult-serving colleges and universities. The book, published by the Korn/Ferry Institute, features essays from 20 of today's top leaders in higher education including Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, who edited the book and is the president emeritus of George Washington University; John Brademus, president emeritus of New York University; John Silber, president emeritus of Boston University; Steven B. Sample, president of the University of Southern California; and Donna Shalala, president of Miami University. Capella is an accredited* online university that is a leading provider of master's and PhD degrees for working adults.

The book is a collection of letters from leaders from across the spectrum of American higher education and offers policy recommendations meant to strengthen our educational system. In his chapter, Offerman highlights the need for the next president to understand the role and contribution of higher education institutions that serve adults in helping to assure that America's workforce is prepared to fully participate in the global economy. He calls for greater public policy action to encourage adults to participate in higher education, and support for the institutions that specialize in serving this audience. Specifically, he calls for expanding financial assistance to adults, a greater focus on measuring and reporting of learning outcomes, and improved transfer of credits among institutions of higher education.

"Access, affordability and accountability are critical issues for all of higher education. But, the meaning of these concepts and pursuit of these goals differ for adult students and the institutions that serve them. It is my hope that future public policy will consider the needs of adult students and the particular challenges that they face," Offerman said.

The book has been provided to both the Obama and McCain campaigns, as well as to every governor and all members of Congress. It was published by Korn/Ferry International in June and is already in its second printing. Korn/Ferry is a global leader in executive recruiting and talent management.

Letters to the Next President is available at Korn/Ferry Global Marketing Department at (310) 843-4126 or global.marketing @ kornferry.com.

About Capella University
Capella University (http://www.capella.edu) is an accredited*, fully online university that has built its reputation providing quality graduate education for working adults. Eighty-three percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, psychology, public health, and public safety. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 109 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs. More than 23,700 learners were enrolled as of June 30, 2008, from all 50 states and 45 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

  • Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), http://www.ncahlc.org.

Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552), http://www.capella.edu.

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