CONCLUSION AND SUMMARY

In discussing the three areas in which we need to act in order to ensure that our colleges and universities serve Virginia ever better 20 years from now than they do today, I have offered a few specific suggestions that might be useful to those who recognize the importance of higher education and will join with us to carry on this work. I also have described how a non-regulatory system can operate and have suggested that the Virginia system is well positioned to adapt to future developments in higher education. In this concluding section of my report, I summarize these suggestions and add a few more.

I offer these suggestions hoping that they will prompt discussion. There are no simple answers and no patent medicines to keep us healthy. The key to effective leadership in our society is not having all the answers; it is helping groups and individuals work together to devise the best solutions they can to their common problems. What follows, then, are not solutions. They are provocations.

Twenty Years of Higher Education