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Forum Futures 2012 is a compilation of summaries of the papers presented and discussed at the Forum’s 2011 Aspen Symposium. Papers address topics such as effective uses of new learning media and technology, reinventing the public research university, improving productivity, the for-profit sector’s financial model, and confronting the problem of American decline. Scholars include Louis Menand on different visions of the purposes of colleges and universities; James Heckman on investing in families to strengthen the economy; John Campbell on Harvard University’s endowment management; Henry J. Eyring and Clayton Christensen on changing the DNA of higher education; and Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown on cultivating the imagination.

Forum Futures 2011 is a compilation of summaries of the papers presented and discussed at the Forum’s 2010 Aspen Symposium. Papers address topics such as reducing the marked disparities in outcomes in higher education, improving productivity and efficiency through a variety of approaches, and the global university marketplace. Scholars include Simon Johnson, on financial reform and the likely genesis of the next financial crisis; Jonathan Cole, on threats to the preeminence of American higher education and how to counter them; Rebecca Blank on building an innovation economy to support higher economic growth; and Peter Tufano on managing risks in higher education, and taking on greater risks when doing so will help achieve your institutional mission.

Forum Futures 2010 is a compilation of summaries of the papers presented and discussed at the Forum’s 2009 Aspen Symposium. Papers address topics such as the financial crisis and the future of higher education, ethical leadership in hard times, and the polarization of the U.S. labor market and its implications for educating the nation’s workforce. Scholars include Martin Feldstein, who discusses the short and long-term prospects for economic recovery; Sebastian Mallaby on the geopolitical consequences of the financial crisis; Clayton Christensen on managing the disruption of higher education; Candace Thille and Joel Smith, who describe technology-based efforts to overcome Baumol and Bowen’s cost disease; and Paul Marshall and Bill Massy on managing in turbulent times.

Forum Futures 2009 is a compilation of summaries of the papers presented and discussed at the Forum’s 2008 Aspen Symposium. Papers address topics such as seismic shifts in the global economy, breaking the “winner-take-all” cycle in higher education, and new perspectives on “college success.” Scholars include William Bowen, who emphasizes the importance of boards of trustees; Burton Malkiel on lessons learned from the 2007-08 credit crisis; Leslie Gelb, who describes mutual indispensability as the central operating principle of international power in the 21st century; Daniel Yankelovich on how higher education is breaking the social contract and what to do about it; and Antonio Damasio on the social implications of recent advances in the neurosciences.

Ford Policy Forum 2008 contains the papers presented and discussed at the Ford Policy Forum, held during the Forum’s 2007 Aspen Symposium. The Ford Policy Forum studies key economic issues affecting higher education and is designed to develop policy recommendations and initiatives. The 2007 Ford Policy Forum focused on an assessment of the work of the Spellings Commission one year after the release of its report. Scholars include Charles Miller, chair of the commission, and David Breneman and Richard Shavelson. The monograph opens with an introduction by the Ford Policy Forum’s co-chairs, Michael McPherson of the Spencer Foundation and Morton Owen Schapiro of Williams College.

Forum on Higher Education Finance 2008 contains the papers presented and discussed at the Forum on Higher Education Finance, held during the Forum’s 2007 Aspen Symposium. This forum aims to engage college and university leaders and scholars in examining emerging issues in higher education finance and management. The 2007 forum focused on capital structure and risk management. Scholars include John Augustine, John Curry, William Massy, and John Core.

Forum Futures 2008 is a compilation of summaries of the papers presented and discussed at the Forum’s 2007 Aspen Symposium. Papers address topics such as trends and risks shaping American higher education, science education in the 21st century, and capital structure and risk management. Scholars include Rep. Lee Hamilton, who considers higher education’s role in a post-Iraq America; Samantha Power on educating and inspiring students to actively engage foreign policy issues in our strife-ridden world; Paul Volcker, who expresses concern about the drain of American talent and creativity into financial engineering; Richard Freeman on educating Americans for tomorrow’s global workplace; and  Clayton Christensen, who urges the nation’s top institutions to completely rethink their model.

Forum Futures 2007 is a compilation of summaries of the papers presented and discussed at the Forum’s 2006 Aspen Symposium. Papers address topics such as the moral consequences of economic growth, assessment and accountability in higher education, and academic capital structure and planning. Scholars include Niall Ferguson, who considers the decline of Oxford and Cambridge and the lessons they offer for American universities; Martha Nussbaum, who urges that students’ critical thinking and humanity be developed through the liberal arts; Robert Desimone, whose research on how the brain pays attention has important implications for how we teach; and Senator Bob Kerrey on how American higher education contributes to U.S. national security.

Forum Futures 2006 is a compilation of summaries of the papers presented and discussed at the Forum’s 2005 Aspen Symposium. Papers address topics such as improving America’s strategic position; innovative teaching and new learning environments; and colleges’ and universities’ roles in their local and global communities. Scholars include Wesley Clark, who considers the challenges and prospects for American higher education in a global era; Jeffrey Sachs, who suggests how universities can help reduce poverty; Robert Shiller, who outlines a new financial order that minimizes risk to individuals; and Steven Pinker, who discusses how scientific advances are affecting long-held views of human nature.

Ford Policy Forum 2006 contains the papers presented and discussed at the Ford Policy Forum, held during the Forum’s 2005 Aspen Symposium. The Ford Policy Forum studies key economic issues affecting higher education and is designed to develop policy recommendations and initiatives. The 2005 Ford Policy Forum focused on racial, economic, and political diversity in higher education. Scholars include Marta Tienda, Shirley Ort, and Edwin Feulner. The monograph opens with an introduction by the Ford Policy Forum’s co-chairs, Michael McPherson of the Spencer Foundation and Morton Owen Schapiro of Williams College.