Undergraduate education must fundamentally change if students are to experience meaningful learning

Panel on Research Universities Sees Need for Fundamental Changes

Paul Basken

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 28, 2012.

“Work on a long-awaited National Academies study on the future of American research universities will probably end soon, with the institutions being warned that they need to make fundamental improvements before they can even begin to hope for any substantial increase in federal financial support.

“Asking for major investments is unlikely to gain traction” in Congress, given growing public anxiety about the cost and relative value of college, James J. Duderstadt, a member of the National Academies panel that is doing the study, said at a conference this week at Rice University. Mr. Duderstadt is also a former president of the University of Michigan.

The need for improvement is most urgent at the undergraduate level, where faculty and administrators have been notoriously resistant to change, said higher-education strategists here. The aim of the two-day conference was to assess the future of research universities.”


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