State university systems across the country are under increasing pressure to serve a rapidly changing student population while controlling costs and updating their missions. A panel of leaders in state university education talk with Diane about the complex mission of these institutions of higher learning and why they’re the subject of so much criticism today.


  • Patricia Florestano Maryland's Secretary of Higher Education and head of the Maryland Higher Education Commission
  • Gordon Davies president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Charles B. Reed chancellor of the California State University system

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