Chesley Bonestell, “The Exploration of Mars” (1953), oil on board, 143/8 x 28 inches, gift of William Estler, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Reproduced courtesy of Bonestell LLC.


The US system of higher education confronts a range of complex and systemic problems that compromise its ability to serve many of its students and society more broadly. The essays here not only identify many of these challenges, but also offer concrete ways to better educate and train the next generation of science and technology leaders.