A letter written by Goucher College President Sanford J. Ungar has been included in the recently released Letters to the Next President: Strengthening America’s Foundation in Higher Education.
The collection of 21 letters by leaders from across America’s higher-education spectrum addresses what the next administration needs to understand about the importance of higher education in this nation; what policies are needed to maintain an American global pre-eminence; and what changes should be made on college and university campuses nationwide, regardless of federal support or mandate.
Their letters explore such complex issues as access and affordability; fostering a national emphasis on international literacy; articulation from high school to college and the workforce; forging alliances between educational institutions, government, industry, and communities; and the imperative of diversity throughout the higher-education system.
Ungar’s letter, “Regaining Our Global Status,” urges the next president of the United States to promote a new international literacy initiative and to encourage a dramatic increase in the number of undergraduate students studying overseas. According to the International Institute of Education, only 1 percent to 2 percent of U.S. undergraduates study abroad. He posits that if this country aims to remain viable in the global marketplace and to regain respect in the world’s opinion, it must shed its history of chauvinism and dedicate the resources necessary to spur greater international awareness.
Letters to the Next President is the first book published by the Korn/Ferry Institute, which commissions and publishes research about executive management. The book will be sent to government officials and policymakers in Washington and around the country; major educational associations and accrediting organizations; higher-education regents, trustees and overseers; and to the presidential candidates themselves.