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Inside Higher Ed: Changing the Report, After the Vote

Sep 01, 2006, 18:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Lederman)

[ Thanks to Tom Wickline for this link. ]

"Except for David Ward, president of the American Council on Education, every member of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education found enough to endorse in the draft the panel produced last month to support it over all. All of them, certainly, also found some aspects of the report objectionable, yet swallowed those objections and agreed, at a public meeting August 10, to sign the report. The panel's members agreed at the time that the report would undergo only minor copy editing and 'wordsmithing' between then and when it was formally presented to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings later this month.

"That agreement was nearly imperiled last weekend, though. Gerri Elliott, corporate vice president at Microsoft's Worldwide Public Sector division, sent an e-mail message to fellow commissioners Friday evening saying that she 'vigorously' objected to a paragraph in which the panel embraced and encouraged the development of open source software and open content projects in higher education...."

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