Higher education in crisis: Q + A with Tom Kean

A task force headed by former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean, who is Chairman of Carnegie Corporation of New York, issued a damning report on public colleges and universities in New Jersey this week.

Kean makes an unequivocal call for more state investment to improve and expand these schools. And he wants to establish a secretary of higher education to advise the governor, to merge Robert Wood Johnson Medical School into Rutgers University and to give the schools more authority to cut costs.

Kean, who was to asked to craft this blueprint by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, spoke with Star-Ledger editorial writer Linda Ocasio.

Read an edited transcript of the Q&A.