An Alternative Voice in Higher Education Conversation

In its own words, the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE) “is a NEW GRASSROOTS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN to support quality higher education.” It was launched in Los Angeles in May 2011 by leaders of faculty organizations from across the US.

CFHE provides a needed counter-balance to the dominant voices in debates about the future of higher education in the US.  It’s not less partisan, but it is differently partisan (if you are familiar with AAUP take on things this will ring familiar), and only a bit more transparent than the others, but it’s refreshing to see faculty unions in the conversation for a change.  

According to their statement of principles, the organization’s principles include

  • making education a public good available to all rather than private good available to the few
  • making sure education is more than narrow job training
  • promoting investment in quality faculty
  • encouraging smart incorporation of technology
  • distinguishing real efficiencies vs. false economies of cut cut cut
  • calling for more public investment
  • arguing that educational outcomes cannot be measured by standardized metrics and that we need to avoid

Author: Dan Ryan

I'm currently an Academic Program Director at I've been a professor at University of Toronto, University of Southern California, and Mills College teaching things like human centered design, computational thinking, modeling for policy sciences, and social theory. I'm driven by the desire to figure out how to teach twice as many twice as well twice as easily.

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