A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of Higher Education

This report from the commission former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings assembled is arguably the starting point for the current higher education reform movement. “What we have learned over the last year makes clear that American higher education has become what, in the business world, would be called a mature enterprise: increasingly risk averse, at times self-satisfied, and unduly expensive,” the commission concludes.

“It is an enterprise that has yet to address the fundamental issues of how academic programs and institutions must be transformed to serve the changing educational needs of a knowledge economy.”