Proponents for change must consider higher ed's larger financial situation

August 13, 2018

The argument that universities cost too much and fail to live up to their academic mission ignores the larger financial realities in which universities are entrenched, writes Cathy Davidson. Before proposing solutions, proponents for change must understand how these realities have come about. The author shows how the shift to private funding has triggered many of the fiscal crises that proponents for privatization bemoan. “Higher ed needs to change,” the author concludes, but “[i]f we aren’t sufficiently explicit about the pressures that have brought us to this juncture, we undermine any chance for sane, reasoned, innovative reform.” Chronicle of Higher Education