What's Mallard raving about today?
The higher-education establishment, calling something progressive.
OK, I'm lazy and I am not going to look for a three week old USA Today story to figure out what the hell Mallard is talking about. I assume the problem is that students are ill-prepared for college by their high schools. In which case, shouldn't the blame lie with high schools?
And, something appearing in USA Today is not an indication of anything other than the fact that words can be used to describe it.