Americans have witnessed and participated in an "extraordinary decade of economic volatility and educational reform." As a result, the National Academy of Sciences appointed a committee to organize a workshop to explore how the various participants in the post-secondary sector have been responding to economic changes. This workshop, which was held in May 2001, was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council and has recently been transcribed into this 199-page document. The document consists of an 8-page workshop summary report, and 186 pages of papers presented during the workshop. Some of the paper topics include "Demographics and American Trends in Post Secondary Education," presented by Lisa Hudson, and "Creating High-Quality Learning Environments: Guidelines from Research on How People Learn," presented by John Bransford. It is important to mention that the focus of the workshop was on the post-secondary system itself rather than an attempt to explain the manner in which the United States economy influences higher education.