Colleges Must Get Used to Collaborating With Congress

Like many college presidents, I have been struck by the escalating war of words between higher education and Congress, a sure sign of a disconnect between our nation's academic and political leaders. Each group is convinced that the other dislikes and distrusts it.

I can see both sides. As a university president, I shudder at the prospect of new, cumbersome federal rules and regulations that might further complicate the business of running an institution. But as a Republican and former