College Reading and Learning Association and National Association for Developmental Education
A reoccurring question examined by the Working Group has been “why change?” This long report has carefully explored the pros and cons of creating a new association and provided numerous suggestions for its services and organization structures. A better question than “why change?” is “what kind of change is demanded by postsecondary education and needed by these professionals?” Perhaps others can provide a paradigm for us when considering the future. When writing a dialogue among several of his characters in a play discussing the future, Shakespeare penned the expression “The Undiscovered Country” to describe this place. While everyone will visit the future, no one can come back and tell others exactly what it will be like. However, all of us will walk into The Undiscovered Country. We have the choice regarding how we walk into the future. Change can be proactively managed or simply reacted to. The best of past traditions can be brought into the future and merged with new structures and traditions or all can be left to chance. The most important element that moves forward into the new association are members of the current organizations. They form the core of the new future and bring forward the history and traditions of the previous organizations. Let us encourage new members to join these veterans as we walk together into The Undiscovered Country as colleagues and friends. Let’s build a new future together.
Arendale, D. R., Barrow, H., Carpenter, K., Hodges, R., McGrath, J., & Norton, J. (2014). Strategic planning evaluation of creating a new professional association. College Reading and Learning Association and National Association for Developmental Education. Available online: ERIC database. (ED545535).
Arendale, David R.; Barrow, Hilda; Carpenter, Kathy; Hodges, Russ; McGrath, Jane; Norton, Jan.
Strategic planning evaluation of creating a new professional association.
College Reading and Learning Association and National Association for Developmental Education.
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