Debbie Critchfield

Higher education’s role in Idaho’s coronavirus response

Recognizing in March that a federal data model was slow in coming, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) Director Dave Jeppesen contacted the Idaho State Board of Education to enlist help from Idaho’s public higher education institutions. 

Adapting Idaho’s public education system in unprecedented times

Our goal as education leaders is to finish out this academic year while doing the best we can for our students.

Coronavirus-related challenges for education

This is an unsettling and unpredictable time for all. This health crisis is unprecedented in our lifetimes, and it seems to change by the hour.

Developing accountability goals that are realistic and achievable

The Board has come to realize that perhaps we put too much emphasis on student proficiency and not enough on growth.

Idaho’s future depends on quality higher education

After a tuition freeze, now what? How do we maintain, but also improve the financial standing of our institutions?

Higher education in Idaho; investing in our future

As a Board, our No. 1 priority is holding down tuition costs while still providing quality education and support students need to stay on campus and graduate. 

Meeting regional workforce needs through higher education

Connecting education to careers is critical to the economic competitiveness of the state.

October is “Next Steps” month in Idaho

It’s time to encourage students, particularly in the 11th and 12th grade, to explore options and discover that further education and a promising career is within reach.

A new day for higher education in Idaho

University presidents have agreed to a unified vision and shared mission.

Career technical education; a top priority for Idaho

Board priorities for CTE include improving access, creating more capacity for more students and better career placement after graduation.