What’s a college degree worth?

Pundits across the political spectrum have joined parents, employers, and policymakers asking that question. There’s a growing consensus, wrong or right, that higher education is fundamentally broken: ineffective, overpriced, out of touch.

What if college were reinvented?

In the articles that follow, The Chronicle imagines new ways to solve some of academe’s persistent conundrums: how to staff the faculty and improve teaching, how to produce research that will connect with the public, how to bring in more money, and how to help students and families pay for it all — to name a few of the challenges. Read more »