This week marks one year since the national report A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future was released at a White House event. Shaped by recommendations from over 150 people representing a wide range of constituents both on and off campus and a National Task Force of distinguished higher education leaders, the report touched a national—and even an international—chord for many.
Commentators—on everything from education to politics to health—are all obsessed with reducing state and federal budget deficits. And, indeed, our nation faces some difficult choices in the coming months and years. If we make the right choices, we can reduce wasteful spending, but invest in the things that will enable our nation's economy and its democracy to thrive in the future.