"Higher education is one of few areas where this country competes with the rest of the world and wins. The best of American higher education outstrips any in the world. Look where the rest of the world goes for higher education for graduate degrees. They come here."
"We need to drive down requirements for the schools. In the 19th century we increased the quality of the schools by higher education saying You cant come in unless you have these skills unless youve taken these courses. We did that in Wisconsin when I was there it helped to transform the secondary school system."
"But for me it is when a student has died. I find the death of a young person the most difficult and painful of times. To explain it to other young people to see a bright future snuffed out is just awful. I am haunted by those deaths."
"You cant have a university without having free speech even though at times it makes us terribly uncomfortable. If students are not going to hear controversial ideas on college campuses theyre not going to hear them in America. I believe its part of their education."
"I would argue that we have a generation of young people particularly minorities who are no longer putting up with the kinds of things their parents put up with. Theyre much more self-confident. Its no longer acceptable to make fun of people because of race or sex. But it has always been present in American society."
"You go to college not only for the latest knowledge but also to meet people from different backgrounds. Thats the genius of the American higher-education system compared with the Europeans. We dont simply skim the elite."