Marc Bousquet has posted the first part of his interview with Adolph Reed at How the University Works. If you want a quick introduction to why higher education should be free, check it out. [Update 1/21/08: here's part 2!]
Meanwhile, for a concise and cogent critique of the current system and what to do about it, check out Craig Smith's recent post at FACE Talk.
For more on these issues, check out Part I of this series.