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The Future of the U.S. Higher Education: Confronting Challenges in a Changing Landscape

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye St NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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The U.S. higher education landscape has changed considerably since the Higher Education Act (HEA) was last reauthorized more than 10 years ago. Institutions are adapting and innovating like never before, such as by harnessing new technologies to serve increasing numbers of non-traditional students. But tuition and fees continue to rise rapidly, student debt has increased to unprecedented levels, and there are persistent access and attainment gaps for students of color. Despite these challenges, education remains a key pathway for income security and economic mobility, and an educated workforce is increasingly required to compete in the global economy. The HEA is overdue for an update to address these pressing issues.

The former chairmen of the House Education and Workforce Committee—George Miller and Buck McKeon—launched a new BPC Task Force on Higher Education Financing and Student Outcomes. A distinguished group of experts also shared their perspectives on key issues, including an exploration of the roles that the federal government, the states, and institutions can play in promoting better outcomes, access and affordability.

Keynote Remarks by:

Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)


Robert E. Anderson 
President, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association

Kimberly Hefling
Senior Education Writer, Politico

Tiffany Jones
Director of Higher Education Policy, The Education Trust

James Kvaal
President, Institute for College Access and Success

Buck McKeon
Former Chairman, House Education and Workforce Committee

George Miller
Former Chairman, House Education and Workforce Committee

Betty Vandenbosch
Chancellor, Purdue University Global

Mark Schneider
Director, Institute of Education Sciences

Michele Siqueiros
President, Campaign for College Opportunity

Scott Jenkins
Strategy Director, The Lumina Foundation

Daniel T. Madzelan
Assistant Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, American Council on Education

Additional participants to be announced

This event was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, and BPC’s Leaders Council members.

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