To produce a special section on education innovation entitled “Student, or Customer?” The New York Times brought together the most influential leaders in higher education—presidents, provosts, chancellors and other leaders of colleges and universities—to address the most urgent issues on today’s campuses. Penn GSE had an outsized presence via its renowned higher education faculty, an alum who is now the president of Paul Quinn College, and even one current student. The panel discussions at the Higher Ed Leaders Forum are featured in the June 23, 2016, edition of The New York Times and on NYTimes.com.
“The next president has to be serious about college affordability,” said Joni Finney, director of the Institute for Research on Higher Education at Penn GSE.
Rather than focusing on merit aid, Finney said, colleges and the federal government must address needs-based aid in order to make college affordable for more families. This comes from her recent report, College Affordability Diagnosis, which examines and rank-orders states based on the percentage of a family’s income required to pay for college.
Read the full story, “A Strategy Session with Some of Education’s Top Thinkers.”
Read Finney’s essay on the increasing unaffordability of college.
“Faculty members receive little, if any, training on teaching,” said Marybeth Gasman, director of the Center for MSIs at Penn GSE, “and even less on diversity issues.” In her op-ed, she made the case for preparing teachers and institutions to meet the rapidly changing demographics of the US education landscape.
Read Gasman’s essay on learning to educate a more diverse nation.
The forum featured a series of panel discussions, which were also live-streamed. Viewership of up to 76,000 was reported at some points during the day.