People should always be students and continue to learn all of their lives, a Texas educator says.
Hans Mark, chancellor of the University of Texas System since 1984, told more than 1,000 people attending the conference of the National University Continuing Education Association last weekend at the Marriott Hotel how to better meet the expanding needs of a diverse and growing population of adult learners."We cannot put everything into that four years from 18 to 22. We must give resources also to those coming back," said Mark. "We must provide society with people who have the judgment, the ethical background, to make the decisions that must be made."
A nuclear physicist as well as administrator, Mark said that the United States is into its fourth educational revolution - where everyone is a student and remains a student.
The three previous revolutions, according to Mark were: the Northwest Ordinance in 1787, which established higher education in the Northwest Territory; the Land Grant College Act, which established agricultural and engineering experiment stations, and the G.I. Bill after World War II, which gave veterans the opportunity for higher education.
Those attending the conference represented every state and several foreign countries, said Dallas Holmes, a professor at Utah State University. They were the chief educational officers in continuing education at their various institutions. Brigham Young University and USU cosponsored the event.