The University at a Crossroads

The University at a Crossroads
Tough — even existential — questions swirl around the future of the modern university: Cost, debt, fear, exclusivity, political correctness, value — these are the prompts that propel the national discourse on higher education. Can families still afford college — and can our country afford its recent pattern of disinvesting in higher education? Is a liberal arts education, and humanity’s search for truth, threatened by the drive towards colleges delivering “marketable skills”? Is the campus still a place for dissent and respectful, open discussion, and what does that question mean in an era of rapidly changing student demographics? Why are headlines about campus assault and gun violence so prevalent and how much do they reflect a national trend? The United States offers the greatest access to — and many of the greatest institutions of — higher education on the planet. As other nations closely watch and begin to catch up, do we have the will to preserve our strength and evolve?
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