The article excerpted below should remove any doubts that the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education (recently announced by President Bush's Secretary of Education, Margaret Spelling) will focus on accountability -- the improvement and reporting of institutional performance -- and the federal role in assuring accountability.
UT board vet hopes to make quality and cost national issues
By Matthew Tresaugue, Houston Chronicle (9/27/2005)
Charles Miller did not become the chairman of a new national commission on higher education to leave well enough alone. The retired Houston money manager brings to the unpaid post an understanding of how colleges and universities work and specific ideas on what should be done. He also is a friend and informal adviser to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who appointed Miller to lead the 19-member panel last week. Spellings wants the group to explore issues such as access, affordability and America's competitiveness globally, and to devise a national strategy for higher education. .... Miller is known for a sharp mind and gravitas. He leans to the right politically, but has worked effectively with Democrats. He also is a strong proponent of accountability, once advocating mandatory testing for college students. "He always wants to know if there is another way of doing something," said Arturo Madrid, a commission member and professor of humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio. Read more ...