Educators in the United States are up in arms over a draft report released by a federal higher education committee, but the report doesn't say anything we haven't been saying here for several years. "History is littered," it says, "with examples of industries that, at their peril, failed to respond to or even to notice changes in the world around them, from railroads to steel manufacturers. Without serious self-examination and reform, institutions of higher education risk falling into the same trap." Quite right. Moreover, higher education institutions are not accessible, the report says. And with costs that have outpaced inflation for decades, they are not affordable. There are also questions about quality and accountability. PDF. Via Inside Higher Ed, which documents the responses.