Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University


Criticisms of higher education from the Spellings Commission’s A Test of Leadership to the National Academies’ Rising Above the Gathering Storm make it clear that the U.S. higher-education system is faced with daunting challenges and burdened by an array of weaknesses. In other words, “we have met the enemy and he is us.” Unless higher-education institutions are willing to address the gap between historical deficiencies and current demands for more access, affordability, assessment, and accountability, they face further scrutiny and criticism. Alternatively, the Research Service of The Chronicle of Higher Education is equally forceful when, in its recent report titled The College of 2020, it calls for bold, groundbreaking reforms. The clear message of 2020 is that institutions need to look to the future, not the past. A focus on the inevitability of change, the need for adaptability, and the powerful infl uence of demographics are key considerations in the Chronicle report, which outlines what the college of the future will have to look like.