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NMSU president chosen to lead national commission on lifelong learning

New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture has been selected as chair of the American Council on Education's Commission on Lifelong Learning.

"I appreciate the opportunity to take a leadership role on the commission as it looks at national trends and opportunities in the area of lifelong learning," said Couture, who started her 2012-2014 term on the commission earlier this year. "Already, I have been impressed with the work being done by ACE's Center for Lifelong Learning and the high energy level of the staff members who help make it such a success. I look forward to doing what I can to contribute to the continued success of this important effort."

The Commission on Lifelong Learning helps guide the activities of the Center for Lifelong Learning and its programs, which include those geared to the military, including military evaluations and military registries (for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps); corporate programs, including the College Credit Recommendation Service, Credit by Examination Program and a series of computerized educational recordkeeping systems that list ACE-evaluated courses; and research related to adults and their access to and success in higher education.

Commission members advise the ACE staff on lifelong learning trends and other matters pertaining to its programs and services. The commission reviews policy statements, guidelines and principles of good practice on adult learning issues and, where appropriate, submits recommendations for board action.

ACE represents the interests of more than 1,600 campus executives, as well as 200 leaders of higher education-related associations and organizations. Together, ACE member institutions serve 80 percent of today's college students. In its role as the major coordinating body for the nation's higher education institutions, ACE provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.