Many individuals contributed to the production of this report. I am, first of
all, deeply indebted to the staff of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher
Education, especially Pat Callan, Joni Finney and Will Doyle. Their advice, knowledge
and friendship have been of enormous help in this and all of our previous projects.
I have appreciated their willingness to understand the public's perspective, regardless
of whether or not it supports their own institutional positions.
I am equally grateful to my colleagues and associates at Public Agenda: Steve
Farkas and Tony Foleno designed and supervised the survey research for the project,
with valuable assistance from Ann Duffett, Patrick Foley and Jordan Elias. Jean Johnson
and Deborah Wadsworth provided wise counsel and direction for every step of the project.
I would also like to thank the experts on the National Center's Advisory Committee,
who spoke with us at different stages during this project. These members are: Alfredo
G. de los Santos, Jr., former Vice Chancellor of Educational Development, Maricopa
Community Colleges, Tempe, Arizona; Wallace D. Loh, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences,
Seattle University; Diana S. Natalicio, President, University of Texas at El Paso;
Ralph S. Saul, former CEO of CIGNA Corporation; and Virginia B. Smith, President
Emerita, Vassar College.
Finally, I wish to express my gratitude to Villanova University for providing
the support and flexibility which made it possible for me to participate in this