19 Jul 2017

Forums Examined Crucial Issues Facing Higher Education

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Eight of the most authoritative experts on postsecondary education were featured speakers at the forum series Higher Education in the 21st Century: Crucial Questions for America and the Northwest. The public meetings were sponsored by the Center for a New Washington at Heritage University with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Frances Contreras, associate professor at the University of California San Diego and author of Achieving Equity for Latino Students and other works opened the series in March with a talk on improving college completion and career success.

The first forum focused on discussions surrounding building diversity in higher education. Dr. Marybeth Gasman, one of the country’s leading authorities on historically black colleges, presented along with Heritage University College of Education associate professor and enrolled Yakama tribal member Elese Washines.

The second forum explored the topic of how the K-12 school systems and colleges and universities can work together to improve the education system as a whole. It featured former Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville; Francis Keppel, professor of practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Justin May, principal of Harmony Elementary School in Bellingham, Washington.

The final forum looked at the career outcomes for college graduates. It included discussions on what colleges could do to include career-building experiences into academics to help students move into meaningful careers. Dr. Sean Gallagher, executive director of the Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy and executive professor of educational policy at Northeastern University and Matthew Hora from the University of Wisconsin and author of Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work presented the keynote addresses.

“Higher education is changing rapidly nationwide. This was an opportunity learn from some leading experts about how they are implementing new initiatives to address these changes and to discuss how they too can apply what they learned in their own institutions,” said Kay Bassett, director of the Center for a New Washington.

The speakers' presentations at each of the forums are available for viewing online through Heritage University's YouTube channel.

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