Higher Education in America Today

Higher Education in America Today

Alan Finder

2.27.2008

Alan Finder

New York Times higher education reporter Alan Finder has been a reporter and editor in the newspaper industry since 1974. In 25 years at the Times, he has been an editor in The Week in Review, a metro reporter, an urban affairs reporter and the enterprise editor in the sports department.

New York Times higher education reporter Alan Finder discusses, “Higher Education Today,” in a speech at the Clinton School. Despite anxiety over whether the educational systems in China, India and Europe are overtaking higher education in the United States, in fact American colleges and universities are as strong as they have ever been, Finder says. More students are being educated, the system is more diverse by race, ethnicity and social class, and the faculty is better trained and deeper than ever before, he says. As indication, Finder points to the fact that people from around the world are constantly studying American colleges and universities, hoping to duplicate some of the system's strengths in their own countries. However, Finder does acknowledge problems, including the ever-rising cost of tuition, which has been increasing faster than the overall inflation rate for decades and the frenzy over admission to selective colleges and universities.