Still on the Sidelines
By John Immerwahr, et al.
Nearly all observers agree that America’s system of higher education is facing what Daniel Yankelovich has described as “a far different world than the one that existed in even the recent past.” The new normal seems to be defined by escalating operating costs and declining funding and by more students seeking higher education with less preparation for college-level work. While the demand for an educated workforce has never been greater, America is falling behind some of our international competitors in post-secondary education. While critics (and many legislators) call for greater productivity and innovative uses of new technologies, many higher education leaders argue that the approaches that have worked in other industries will not produce comparable savings in higher education.