How to Fix Higher Education

February 18, 2011

That title — “How to Fix Higher Education” — wasn’t one I originally chose.  Back before Christmas I was contacted by Daniel deVise, a reporter for the Washington Post who keeps a very good higher education blog called “College, Inc.”  He told me he was going to write an article on “how to fix higher education,” and asked me if I wanted to suggest ideas to him.  (He asked a number of others, too.)

His story is coming out soon in the Washington Post Magazine, but yesterday he posted to his blog my complete submission to him.  So yes, this is a self-post.  And yes, it’s an admission I really did say all that he quotes me as saying — some of which may ruffle a few feathers.  Here are the fixes I write about:

  • Fix the broken financing of higher education.
  • Strengthen the focus on assessment of learning outcomes.
  • End intercollegiate athletics as we know it.
  • Build a national open access digital library system.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these topics.

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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