UNT President Gretchen M. Bataille joined a select group of university and college presidents and higher education advocates Sept. 15 for the launch meeting of the inaugural The Chronicle of Higher Education/New York Times Higher Education Cabinet. The cabinet is a new advisory group of forward-thinking higher education leaders who will examine higher education issues and shape public discourse.
Bataille said her invitation to join the cabinet is an important recognition of UNT's status as a dynamic, innovative institution. UNT, Texas' fourth-largest university, is the only Texas college or university to be represented in the cabinet.
"As state and federal funding continue to shrink and the demands of educating students in today's modern world grow even more intensive, colleges and universities are doing more with less," Bataille says. "Being a part of the cabinet will give UNT opportunities to glean lessons from challenges other universities face while adding our voice to the conversation and helping to shape the nation's thinking on how to improve higher education."
The Higher Education Cabinet members will have an ongoing dialogue to explore challenges facing institutions and to exchange ideas and information. They also will take part in online forums centered on different topics throughout the year and will meet in person once a year.
The cabinet held its launch meeting at The New York Times headquarters and discussed how institutions should finance themselves, educate students in a rapidly changing world, compete globally and be accountable.
Bataille is one of 76 presidents and association leaders who were asked to serve in the inaugural cabinet. The cabinet founders chose innovative leaders from four-year private and public institutions — both large and small — and associations from around the nation.
"We wanted to bring together leading thinkers we'd met over the years who would bring diverse viewpoints from many different parts of the country," says Jeff Selingo, spokesman for the Higher Education Cabinet and editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education. "There was a need to bring together a group of presidents from all different types of four-year institutions because our belief was that there was not a venue for them to share ideas in a small group setting."
Bataille also serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Education, which is dedicated to helping colleges and universities anticipate and address current and future educational challenges. Bataille is the only representative from a Texas college or university on the ACE board.
Under her leadership, UNT is expanding its strengths in science and technology, complementing the university's already nationally recognized foundation of excellence in music and the arts, as well as its tradition of educating school teachers and administrators.
The Higher Education Cabinet is a collaboration between The Chronicle of Higher Education, a leading industry publication that tracks issues and trends in higher education, and The New York Times, the largest seven-day newspaper in the United States.
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