U.S. higher education is both enormously successful and essential to our future, yet it is endlessly frustrating for its lack of innovation and ruthlessly rising costs. This important volume tackles the conundrums that surround this most conservative of enterprises and points the way toward improvements in the educational performance of our colleges and universities. Essential reading for both those within and outside the academy. --David W. Breneman, University Professor and Newton and Rita Meyers Professor in Economics of Education, University of Virginia
This collection of well-researched essays offers a comprehensive view of an educational landscape that is changing under our feet. People who think they understand American higher education are likely to find many surprises in this insightful book. --Richard H. Brodhead, president, Duke University
In the twentieth century, America built the world s best system of higher education, one that combined openness with excellence. But can it maintain its lead in the twenty-first century? Reinventing Higher Education offers not only a clear-eyed assessment of the state of American higher education it also provides a compelling, indeed inspiring, blueprint for how the system can remain the best in the world. This book is essential reading for America s captains of higher learning and indeed for anybody who cares about the future of the country. --Adrian Wooldridge, management editor and Schumpeter columnist, The Economist
About the Author
Ben Wildavsky is a senior fellow in research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation. His most recent book is The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the New Republic, and many other publications. Andrew P. Kelly is a research fellow in education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. His writings have appeared in Teachers College Record, Educational Policy, Policy Studies Journal, Education Next, Education Week, and Forbes. Kevin Carey is a policy director at Education Sector. His writings have appeared in Washington Monthly, the New Republic, the American Prospect, Democracy, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, InsideHigherEd, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.