Innovation can't just happen at new colleges. New ways of providing a college education need to be tested at existing institutions, but it seems many presidents, boards, and faculty leaders are afraid to be the first to do something different.
Employers and politicians need to learn that if colleges provide training only for jobs that need to be filled now, those workers will probably be useless in about two years, given the rapid pace of change in most industries.
How educated is your state legislator? The answer varies considerably from state to state. While many lawmakers hold a college degree, support of public higher education, it seems, has always been a challenge.
Rebuilding a strong workforce and economy should be the top priority of any federal budget extension. However, the House of Representatives has passed an extension that makes deep and devastating cuts to the Pell Grant program.