From my perspective, the U.S. higher education system is facing significant challenges. Skyrocketing tuition costs have made college education inaccessible for many, while student loan debt is crippling graduates financially. Additionally, there is a mismatch between the skills taught in universities and the needs of the labor market, leading to underemployment. Also, the emphasis on research over teaching in many institutions may compromise the quality of education. Lastly, the pandemic has exposed the fragility of the traditional college model, forcing us to rethink how education is delivered.