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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( November 25, 1998)
SDSM& T PRESIDENT APPOINTED TO WEB- BASED EDUCATION COMMISSION
BY SENATOR TOM DASCHLE
Dr. Richard J. Gowen, president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been appointed by U. S. Senator Tom Daschle to the newly created Web- Based Education Commission. The establishment of the commission was authorized in the Higher Education Act of 1998, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton last month.
The commission will conduct a thorough study of the educational software currently available commercially for secondary and postsecondary education and will be holding public hearings in each region of the country. Dr. Gowen and his colleagues on the commission will submit a report to the President and Congress outlining the commission’s findings and recommendations on how the classroom use of Internet- based technologies can be enhanced. The commission also will facilitate the exchange of information among federal and state government officials and educators from higher education and secondary schools.
“ I look forward with great excitement to the opportunity to work with other members of the commission in developing new educational tools available through the Internet and the World Wide Web,” said Dr. Richard Gowen. “ Through these and other new technologies, we are at the threshold of providing individualized education so that all citizens may reach their potential for a lifetime of success.”
“ The capabilities for the enhancement of teaching and learning that are now available through the Internet hold promise for a new era of education in our nation’s schools, universities, businesses and homes,” added Dr. Gowen. “ We are now within reach of providing the education that will truly offer each individual the equal opportunity that was the vision of our nation’s founders.”
In a written statement announcing Dr. Gowen’s appointment, Senator Daschle stated, “ As a national leader in the improvement of math and science education. I am confident he will make a real and important contribution to this Commission.”
“ Dr. Gowen has made a lifelong commitment to helping students achieve success,” added Senator Daschle. “ He has worked to make computer technology an indispensable part of every educational program, and he has championed successful partnerships between government, industry and universities.”
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Dr. Gowen, who earned a Ph. D. degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, has been president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) since 1987. He previously served as president of Dakota State University and was an electrical engineer at RCA Laboratories in Princeton, NJ. In addition, during his twenty years of service in the Air Force, he assisted in the development of defense systems. He also taught electrical engineering at the U. S. Air Force Academy, where he directed the Joint NASA- Air Force Space Medical Instrumentations Laboratory, which assessed the effects of weightlessness on the cardiovascular system during space flight. Dr. Gowen was a member of NASA’s Astronaut Medical Launch and Recovery Team for the Apollo and Skylab missions.
The Web- Based Education Commission will be comprised of fourteen members whose appointments are made as follows— 3 representatives of the Internet technology industry appointed by the President; 3 experts in accreditation, curriculum, and information technology networks appointed by the U. S. Secretary of Education; 2 individuals appointed by the Majority Leader of the U. S. Senate;
2 individuals appointed by the Minority Leader of the U. S. Senate; 2 members appointed by the Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives; and 2 individuals appointed by the Minority Leader of the House.
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