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


WHEN: Thursday, September 27, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: 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.

Please join the former chairmen of the House Education and Workforce Committee—George Miller and Buck McKeon—as they launch a new BPC Task Force on Higher Education Financing and Student Outcomes. A distinguished group of experts will also share 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.

Can’t join us in person? The event will be webcast on this page


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

Kristin D. Hultquist 
Partner, HCM Strategists

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

Mark Schneider 
Director, Institute of Education Sciences

Michele Siqueiros 
President, Campaign for College Opportunity

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.