The Futures Project

The Futures Project was founded in 1999 by the late Frank Newman.  Prior to serving as president of the University of Rhode Island from 1974-1983, Dr. Newman led a task force for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) and issued two reports (known as the Newman Reports) that sent shockwaves through the education community. After leaving URI, he accepted a presidential fellowship with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Frank served as president of the Education Commission of the States for 14 years, when he left to establish The Futures Project.

The Futures Project had a two-pronged mission:

  • To stimulate an informed debate about the role of higher education in our new global society, and the opportunities and dangers presented by a global market for higher education. 
  • To develop policies that ensure a skilled use of market forces to maximize the opportunities while minimizing the dangers.

By conducting extensive research and analysis, publishing articles and giving presentations, and engaging key parties in discussion and debate, The Futures Project sought to instigate positive change in the areas of access to education, academic quality, and accountability. 

Though The Futures Project closed down on March 31, 2005, the project’s publications have been archived here on NERCHE’s website. 

Published materials include reports, presentations, articles, and other materials that focus on The Futures Project’s overarching objective:  To engage key constituencies—including students and their parents, university administrators and faculty, and policy makers and the business community—in finding policy solutions that help steer the market in ways that benefit society and serve the public interest.

Click here to view the list of downloadable publications.