College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis has been shaping the culture and safeguarding the mission of College of the Ozarks for 31 years, and his insights into innovative higher education qualify him to speak into the national landscape. He was invited by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to speak at the U.S. Department of Education “Rethinking Higher Education Summit” on Dec. 14 about the innovative programs for which the college is known.
Davis focused on graduating students who are debt free and the importance of teaching patriotic education.
“Employers have concerns that we are trying to address head on,” Davis said in his presentation. “One is what most people perceive to be a decrease in the work ethic of young people in the United States. Another one is concern about the citizenship or civic engagement behavior of college students, and the third one is the horrific loans that the parents envision themselves having to take out in order to get an education for their son or daughter.
“We deal with a lot of kids with family need. It takes a very personal environment to help kids like that. Having come from a dysfunctional type home myself and having run work colleges for 40 years, I can tell you that everything cannot be solved with the computer.”
This was the first national education summit of its kind.
Other organizations and institutions that presented included Coursera, EdX, Minerva Project, Valencia College, The Jack Welch Management Institute, University of Maryland University College, Southern New Hampshire University, and Arizona State University.
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