Over the past year and a half, I have written on the future of the University of Arizona and how our efforts to transform the land-grant model of a public research university are geared to have the greatest and most widely accessible impact for our state and for the other communities around the world. As we work to transform the UA, other colleges and universities throughout the U.S. are engaged in similar efforts, many of them at least partly in response to the challenges for higher education that have emerged in the wake of the 2008 recession.
Shared Characteristics from a Shared History
Viewpoints in the national discussion responding to these challenges are diverse, and many times their differences hinge on particular ways of understanding the history of higher education in the United States. For instance, in July Christopher P. Loss responded to the perspective that higher education is facing a post-golden age existential crisis by arguing that “doubters...