The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education will shut its doors next July, 12 years after it was founded to prod and improve higher education from the "outside looking in," the group's founders said. In an editorial in the latest issue of the center's publication, National CrossTalk, Patrick M. Callan, the center's president, and James B. Hunt Jr., the head of its board and former governor of North Carolina, said that the center was never intended to "be a permanent institution." Callan and Hunt cited as the center's primary achievements the creation and institutionalization of the "Measuring Up" report, which is taking a hiatus after a decade of grading states on the performance of their higher education systems, and National CrossTalk, and a five-state experiment with student learning outcomes.
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