We encourage leaders to be open to innovation and change in this space. Changing — and improving upon — the way we’ve always done higher education in America might be tough at times. But, that’s what Americans are asking of us, and early results of the redesign movement show that new approaches are helping to put us on a positive path toward a higher quality, more outcomes-based system that meets the nation’s ecumenic and social needs.
It’s time for Congress to capitalize on this impetus for improvement. The policy, civic and business leaders that we will call champions tomorrow will be the ones who open today’s doors. By taking ownership of the redesign effort to increase the percentage of adults with meaningful postsecondary credentials across America, their leadership will pay enormous dividends to our economy — and to each individual who is afforded the opportunities that education beyond high school brings in the 21st century.
Jamie P. Merisotis is president and CEO of Lumina Foundation for Education.