WASHINGTON, D.C. - George A. Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison State College, has been named as a vice chair to a national Commission on Higher Education Attainment, whose goal is to develop a plan to improve retention and attainment at colleges and universities throughout the country.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve on this important commission,” said Pruitt. “Higher education builds the human capital of our country. If we want to compete in the 21st century, improving access, retention and achievement must be a key priority.”
The commission has been created by six presidential educational associations, which nominated the 24-member group. It includes presidents and chancellors from 18 public and private colleges and universities from across the country, including community colleges, research and land-grant institutions, state colleges and universities and independent institutions.
The commission is being chaired by E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University. The commission also has three vice chairs: Pruitt, the only president from a New Jersey institution named to the commission; Andrew K. Benton, president of Pepperdine University in California; and Gail O. Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College in New York. The first commission meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, Oct. 31, at the American Council on Education’s offices in Washington, D.C.
About Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 12 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. Further information about admission to the College may be obtained by calling (888) 442-8372, via e-mail at [email protected] or by visiting the College website at www.tesc.edu.