The Future of Higher Education: Creating Opportunity, Assessing Value

Conference/Symposium | April 7 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Public Policy, UC Berkeley, Co-Chair of The Lincoln Project

 Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Carol Christ, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Chancellor Designate, UC Berkeley; Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University; Martin Kenney, Professor, Community and Regional Development, UC Davis; Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute; Edward Penhoet, Associate Dean, Biology, UC Berkeley; Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, UC San Diego; Mike Hout, Professor, Sociology, New York University; James Rosenbaum, Professor, Education and Social Policy, and of Sociology, Northwestern University; Laura Hamilton, Associate Professor, Sociology, UC Merced; Sandy Baum, Policy Fellow at the Urban Institute, Professor Emerita of Economics, Skidmore College

 John Zysman, Professor, Political Science and Director, Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, UC Berkeley; John Dougass, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Institute of Governmental Studies, Graduate School of Education, Center for Studies in Higher Education , Cal Alumni Association

In the post-World War II era, higher education was expanded to meet the increasing demand for expertise in a changing American economy. American universities not only expanded to meet this need, but in the process provided a pathway to social mobility for millions of citizens. Through government investment, public colleges and universities assumed the largest responsibility in making higher education accessible and affordable to state residents. Over the past two decades, despite increases in student demand for public higher education and steady demand from employers for higher-skilled workers, state funding has declined, forcing public universities to respond with tuition hikes and new funding mechanisms.

This one-day conference will examine the implications of these developments for the future of American universities, students and society. What role should universities play in meeting society’s need for expertise and the individual’s need for socioeconomic security in the 21st century? What value does a higher education degree hold for the individual and for society? Should states increase funding for public universities to accommodate the increasing student demand? If not states, who will – and who should – bear the costs of public higher education, and how can a return on this investment be measured and demonstrated to students, policy makers, and taxpayers?

Friday, April 7, 2017
9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

This conference is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by UC Berkeley's Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and Institute of Governmental Studies

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education, Graduate School of Education, and Cal Alumni Association

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Responses to Disinvestment in Public Higher Education: What is to be Done?

Chair: Robert Birgeneau, UC Berkeley
Henry Brady, UC Berkeley
Carol Christ, UC Berkeley
Ronald Daniels, Johns Hopkins University
Mark Becker, Georgia State University

Investing in Higher Education: Research Universities, Innovation, and Economic Impact

Chair: John Zysman, UC Berkeley
Martin Kenney, UC Davis
Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Edward Penhoet, UC Berkeley
Pradeep Khosla, UC San Diego

Assessing Value: The Worth of a Higher Education for Individuals

Chair: Michael Nacht, UC Berkeley
Mike Hout, New York University
James Rosenbaum, Northwestern University
Laura Hamilton, UC Merced
Mitchell Stevens, Stanford University
Sandy Baum, Urban Institute

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