Mark W. Huddleston served as president of the University of New Hampshire from 2007 to 2018, the longest presidential tenure in UNH history. During this podcast he discusses the status of Higher Ed in America.
At least through the end of the 20th century, American higher education had been the envy of the world: thousands of colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, served, year in and year out, as conveyer belts to the middle class for millions of students and as drivers of innovation for the American economy. Rapidly rising operating costs, soaring student debt, demographic challenges and growing doubts about the value of college have clouded the picture in the 21st century, leading to a spate of institutional closures and raising fundamental questions about the future of American higher education.
Interview by Dartmouth student Shawdi Mehrvarzan '22. Music: Debussy Arabesque no 1. Composer: Claude Debussy