Commonwealth National Podcast

What’s the Value of a College Education?

Wed, Apr 29 2015 - 6:30pm

Alecia DeCoudreaux, President, Mills College

Richard Ekman, President, Council of Independent Colleges

Mary Marcy, President, Dominican University of California

Mohammad Qayoumi, President, California State University San Jose

Claude Steele, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley

Monica R. Martinez, Deeper Learning Senior Fellow, Hewlett Foundation; Commissioner, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics - Moderator

Program sponsored by Charles Schwab

For the United States to remain competitive in the global economy, our citizens need to be innovative, versatile and well-educated. To provide for these qualifications, does our model of higher education need a wholesale renovation? What would an education that is tailored to the needs of the 21st century – and affordable to all – even look like? Join this distinguished panel of public and private college educators to tackle the difficult challenges ahead: What is the value of a liberal arts college education versus a pre-professional vocational skill-building model? Why does college cost so much? How can we close the gap between attendance and graduation rates? Can we design blended in-person and online courses that are both instructive and cost-efficient? And finally, how can we get our state and federal governments to continue to support higher education and to take the financial burden off of students?