Governor Bob Holden is calling for the creation of a statewide advisory commission to address the challenges facing higher education in the state and to improve what he calls the link between higher education and economic growth in Missouri. Holden is asking the Department of Higher Education and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to set up a Missouri Commission on the Future of Higher Education. It would include representatives from the business community, two-year and four-year colleges and universities, non-profit and other community groups, and elected officials. The Commission will seek input from both Missouri citizens and national experts on the role of higher education plays in achieving economic growth and a higher quality of life.