Reengineering Higher Education
From the Lumina Foundation
The Lumina Foundation’s Elizabeth Gutierrez addressed HACU. Change is needed in the higher education system, and we at Lumina see three changes that will have tremendous impact: 1) Higher education must become responsive to the needs of all potential students—a much wider range of people with more diverse needs. Today’s student—the 21st century student—runs the gamut… racially, ethnically, socially, economically. 2) That word “quality” is important. Our shared conception of what quality really means in higher education. Sadly, too many in our nation still think quality is a measure of inputs and a function of the resources available to institutions. 3) Higher education also must change in terms of scale. To fuel the recovery and ensure the nation’s long-term economic health, we need an ever-growing supply of college graduates. The system must find new and better ways to provide high-quality learning to millions of additional students by 2025.