Aligning Expectations: New Recommendations & Tools for Higher Ed

There continues to be significant momentum behind efforts to raise K-12 education standards across the country so that more students graduate high school prepared for postsecondary success. In this new era of P-20 education, Higher education has a significant role to play in the pathway from K-12 to college completion.

NASH, in partnership with Higher Ed for Higher Standards and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO), has developed the attached set of recommendations for how system leaders can take action and engage in this work. As the foundation for the K–16 pipeline, college-ready standards and assessments can help ensure that more students arrive on our campuses prepared for college-level work and are on track from day one to earn a degree or certificate.

This is an important period for strengthening college ready standards in your state, and I urge you to be part of the decision making process, so that all students ready our doors prepared to succeed.


Formed in 1979 for the purpose of seeking improvement in the organization and governance of public higher education systems, NASH serves as a forum for the exchange of views and information among its members and with other higher education organizations, with special attention to the perspectives, problems, and opportunities of heads of systems as a unique category of higher education executives.

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Board of Directors

Committee Members

Hank Bounds

President, University of Nebraska

David Buhler

Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education

Clayton Christian

Commissioner, Montana University System

Joe DiPietro

President, University of Tennessee System

Lee Jackson

Chancellor, University of North Texas System

David Lassner

President, University of Hawai'i System

Nancy Zimpher

Chancellor, State University of New York (SUNY)


Robert L. Caret

Chancellor, University System of Maryland

Eileen Klein

President, Arizona Board of Regents

Rebecca Martin

Executive Director, NASH

Timothy White

Chancellor, California State University System

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