7 Jul 2017

News from the Center for a New Washington: Carnegie Forums on Higher Education in the 21st Century.

Author: Kay Bassett  /  Categories: Campus  / 

This past spring the CNW, with support from the Carnegie Corporation, held a series of four forums to explore future trends in higher education.  The series was titled Higher Education in the 21st Century: Crucial Questions for America and the Northwest.  Each session was free and open to the public, and each brought in national experts to present and discuss their research in their area of interest. The participants attending were inspired and engaged in the discussions. The series focused on four different areas of opportunity and change in higher education in the coming years.  PowerPoints and videos from the presentations are available on the Center’s web page.

On March 23 Frances Contreras, Associate Vice Chancellor at UC San Diego and leading expert on Latino Education, provided the kick-off presentation with a talk on College Completion and Career Success in 21st Century America. Her talk highlighted her research and data outlining the historical and current lag in educational attainment among Latinos.

On April 10 we hosted the forum on Educating a Diverse Nation.  Marybeth Gasman, an expert on minority education from University of Pennsylvania, shared lessons learned from her research with minority-serving institutions.  Sharing the day with her was Heritage’s Elese Washines speaking about Native American education.  Sr. Kathleen Ross contributed her own expertise as emcee for the event.

Our April 20 forum presented perspectives on Higher Education and K-12: Helping Each Other Improve?  Keynote speaker Paul Revillle, Harvard Graduate School of Education, discussed the achievement gap, its correlation to social and economic status, and changes to provide a holistic education to address that gap.  Justin May, elementary principal from Bellingham and recipient of Teach for America’s National Teaching Award, followed with “7 Design Principles” for connecting education to the life of the students inside and outside the classroom. The emcee was Heritage Professor Ken Bergevin.

The final Forum on May 16 was titled College Degrees or Creative Abilities: What Credential Starts a Career Tomorrow?  Presenters were Sean Gallagher and Matthew Hora, both experts on credentials, skills and education. Central Washington University President James Gaudino was emcee.

Each presentation was captured on video, and was placed on the Heritage University YouTube channel. The videos can be found on this playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsCDcbCuA5799hDHsJnkFVP1je0RRUBiV

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