Mark C. Taylor

 

On his book Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities

Cover Interview of October 11, 2010

In a nutshell

Our current system of higher education is financially, curricularly and institutionally unsustainable.

And there is no easy answer to a problem this complex.

But I wrote Crisis on Campus because no significant progress can be made until we recognize that our higher education’s problems are structural and systemic.

The American higher education landscape is vast and diverse.  When considering its problems, it is necessary to understand the important role that institutions ranging from community colleges and liberal arts schools to research universities and for-profit enterprises are playing.

We must also understand that these problems are global.

One of the major hurdles to improving higher education is the American mania for ratings.  That leads institutions into costly and unproductive competition.

Individual colleges and universities cannot and should not address the present crisis by themselves.  Rather, they should be cooperating and collaborating from the local and state to the national and global levels.

New network technologies are one key theme in the plan I propose.  These technologies now make it possible for such cooperation to no longer be limited by geographical proximity.