This topic was discussed on September 30, 2013.
Having spent some time discussing education in general and K-12 education, we plan to turn our attention to post-secondary education in the US.
- US universities are considered among the world’s finest. Is that position stable or, as some believe, seriously at risk?
- What should we do about it?
- Does the post-secondary system serve its students well, or are students’ interests being sacrificed for research, professors’ interests and job security, facilities, sports, administrators?
- What is the right balance for our universities?
- Should there be different roles for public vs. private institutions, colleges vs. universities, four-year vs. two-year (or other format) undergraduate programs?
- Why is a four-year degree getting so expensive? Should something be done to slow the rate of tuition inflation?
- Should the current mix of financing (family funds, scholarships, work, loans, grants) be changed? Should other sources (Oregon model) be added to the mix?