To say that our nation's higher education system is in danger of collapse is not an understatement. Costs are increasing, support is decreasing, student debt is becoming a major liability. Our ability to provide world class teaching is eroded everyday, even as technical know-how and advanced college degrees have become necessary for economic advancement. U-M's president Mary Sue Coleman has some ideas for how to prepare for that uncertain future, according to The Center For Michigan. Could it be a model for other institutions?
"Together with Provost Phil Hanlon, a former U of M mathematics professor, Coleman has been developing a two-pronged strategy for dealing with the university’s increasingly fraught environment, which includes sharply reduced state support, rising tuitions, ballooning student debt, reduced student accessibility, legislative hostility and a new Web-based technology for delivering education products."
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