America is mired in a higher education crisis. Two out of every three jobs available in the United States will require more than a high school diploma by the end of the decade. Yet the incoming generation of workers is less educated than the retiring baby boomers they will replace.
Student loan debt is at an all-time high, while policymakers question the sustainability of federal financial aid. Further, the nation is failing to produce enough science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health science graduates to meet American employer needs, let alone keep pace internationally.
Instead of embarking on an expensive, arduous and divisive quest for new strategies to meet these challenges, the nation should bolster the problem-solving institutions we already have, namely America’s community colleges.