The Chicago Council's newest Heartland Paper, "A Master Plan for Higher Education in the Midwest," by James J. Duderstadt, is a magisterial piece of work, living up to the author's goal of a "roadmap" to Midwestern education, especially higher education, and its role in the region's economic future. From K-12 to universities to lifelong education, the former University of Michigan president covers the scope of education, as seamless as it is ambitious.
Duderstadt's roadmap is a guide to the long-range future, but it also is very timely -- more timely, in fact, that we had expected when we asked him to write it for us. Readers of this blog got a preview last week, and the report itself is to be unveiled this Thursday, March 31. A couple of his recommendations seem to pop from the week's headlines and demand attention now.