America’s colleges and universities are incubators of new ideas and technologies that often revolutionize our lives: products resulting from university research include everything from the polio vaccine and cataract survey, to GPS and the Internet. Read what leading academics and thinkers have to say about their importance.
By Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Is higher education meant to help develop an inquiring mind and a deep appreciation for the value of how knowledge enriches one’s lifelong personal and professional achievements—or, should it be simply focused on gaining the skills to pursue a well paying career?
By Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan
How will it feel to become a second class nation? Inferior in technological innovation, second class in artistic creativity, a follower rather than a leader? This is possible—not certain—but a very real danger if the United States continues on its present course.