A Nation at Risk


American higher education has to a striking degree turned against the idea of America. Its underlying message is that our nation is rooted in oppression and injustice and that students should look elsewhere for worthy ideals to guide their lives. This critique of America is sometimes explicit, sometimes woven into college as a set of assumptions, but almost always presented as a settled fact, not open to serious debate. How did American higher education—a $600 billion a year enterprise that enrolls more than 20 million students—become so narrowly fixed on an anti-nationalist agenda? What are the consequences for the United States of having its system of higher education grounded in opposition to American society and culture? What can be done about it?

We propose, as a first step, to convene a body of scholars and public intellectuals who are expert in the topic. The goal is to ask this group to synthesize a new, comprehensive critique of American higher education in the mode of the famous 1983 commission report, A Nation at Risk.

Estimated Publication Date:  October 2018

A Nation at Risk–2018
1. History
2. Higher Education as a Progressive Project
3.. Decline of the Liberal Arts and the Left University
4. Intellectual Diversity.
5. Governance
6. Accreditation
7.. Regulatory Environment.
8. Tuition Cost:
9. Attack on Proprietary Education.
10. New Technologies
11. Some Conclusions
Appendix A. Value Neutral Words and Learning Outcomes
Appendix B. Robert Shireman. Speech to NASASPA. April, 2010.
Appendix C. Biographies

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