Friday, October 31, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: David P. Baker, Professor of Education, Professor of Sociology, and Senior Scientist, Center for the Study of Higher Education; Roger L. Geiger, Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Senior Scientist, Center for the Study of Higher Education
Moderator: Michael J. Dooris, Executive Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment
Since the establishment of Harvard College in 1636, American higher education has been in a constant state of evolution. Political, cultural, economic, demographic, and technological forces have always shaped the nation’s colleges and universities, and powerful shifts on all of those dimensions continue. This session will examine the current pressures and opportunities – and in particular, what those dynamics might mean for public flagship universities such as Penn State.
The panelists are internationally recognized for their scholarship in their respective fields, and they are uniquely well-qualified to lead a discussion on this topic from complementary perspectives. Dr. Geiger, as one of the nation’s leading historians of higher education, has written widely on the historical development, and the current and future role, of American research universities. Dr. Baker, as a prominent sociologist of education, has published and spoken extensively on educational transformation from a global perspective, and how the “massification” of basic and higher education affects not only schools and colleges but society itself.
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