2017 Events

December 4, 2017

Making College Work: Pathways to Success for Disadvantaged Students

Sandy Baum, Senior Fellow, Education Policy Program at the Urban Institute and Professor Emerita of economics at Skidmore College

Harry HolzerNonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution

Too many disadvantaged college students in America spend time and money on coursework without graduating or earning credentials, while others earn degrees or certificates that hold little labor market value. Many of these students also struggle to pay for college, and some incur debts they have difficulty repaying. In Making College Work, a new book from the Brookings Press, Harry Holzer of Georgetown University and the Urban Institute’s Sandy Baum propose a range of policy solutions aimed at alleviating difficulties faced by too many of America’s college students, including weak academic preparation, financial pressures, and institutional failures that create barriers to success.

To see Professors Baums's and Holzer's PowerPoint, click here

November 15, 2017

Enrollment Management: Practice and Research

Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Stevens Institute of Technology

Gregory Wolniak, Clinical Associate Professor of Higher Education & Director, Center for Research on Higher Education Outcomes, New York University

This session explores the differences in enrollment management practices at several New York area institutions of higher education.  Ms. Murphy outlined the basic challenges involved in creating a freshman class each year, as well as the nuances of selection. Professor Wolniak reviewed the student demographics that underlie admissions strategies and briefed students on how current research informs the broad field of enrollment management.

To see Ms. Murphy's PowerPoint, click here

June 15, 2017

Challenges for Higher Education in Europe

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Peter Maassen, Professor of Higher Education, University of Oslo, Norway

Recent economic and political events in Europe have prompted many questions about the direction forward for nations and institutions.  This talk covered issues such as public governance and public funding (including tuition fees); system diversity; Brexit and the European Union; global rankings and quality assessment strategies.


To see Professor Maassen's PowerPoint, click here

2016 Events

September 30, 2016

Post - Fisher Affirmative Action: Status Quo or New Opportunities?

Greg Garre, Lead Attorney for University of Texas, Former Solicitor General of the United States, Partner Latham & Watkins Law Firm

Marta Tienda, Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Sigal Alon, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University

Stella Flores, Associate Professor of Higher Education, New York University 

The Supreme Court decision of June 23, 2016 upheld the "race conscious" admissions processes of the University of Texas. The decision was a surprise, and to most in the world of higher education, a welcome surprise. At our forum on September 30th, Greg Garre, lead attorney for the University of Texas and a former Solicitor General of the United States, will discuss the University's legal strategies, analyze the Supreme Court's opinion, and preview possible paths forward. Professors Marta TiendaSigal Alon and Stella Flores whose work helped shape the arguments in this case will give their views of the key research elements that will be crucial as institutions and state governments assess future challenges and opportunities.

Click here to view the full invitation.

April 6, 2016

Preparing University Students to Contribute to Innovation: An International Perspective

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Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, Senior Analyst and Deputy Head of Division, OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin speaks to how university students contribute to innovation, what higher education institutions should try to develop, and what it would take in terms of pedagogy and system organisation to do so.‎ Stéphan is a senior analyst and deputy head of division at the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. The OECD is an inter-governmental organisation with 34 Members (including the US) that is based in Paris.


March 4, 2016

Beyond Fisher: The Supreme Court and the Future of Race in Higher Education

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Randall Kennedy,  Michael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School 
Mary Schmidt Campbell, President, Spelman College
Stella Flores, Associate Professor of Higher Education, NYU Steinhardt
Trevor Morrison, Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, NYU Law

The affirmative action case pending in the Supreme Court, Fisher v. University of Texas, has important implications for the future of access to higher education in both the public and private sectors. Today issues of race in higher education are wide-ranging and extend far beyond the issues of admissions and affirmative action. This forum addresses both the central issues in the Fisher case and broader questions regarding the future of race in American higher education. The presenters are distinguished leaders from the fields of social science research; constitutional law; race studies; public policy and academic leadership.

Watch: Video of forum presentations

Read Politico article: NYU Law Dean: 'Great reason to worry' over Fisher case


February 10, 2016

Introducing the Higher Education Systems of Vietnam and South Korea

Phuong Thi Mai Nguyen,  Fulbright Visiting Scholar, NYU & Vice-Director, Research Institute of Education Management, Vietnam

Sue-Yeon Song, Doctoral Candidate, NYU

The presenters address major issues in higher education in Vietnam and South Korea. Phuong Thi Mai Nguyen offers an overview of the Vietnamese Higher Education system. She touches on several aspects of the system including governance, the entrance exam, being a female academic and privatization of higher education. Sue Yeon-Song's presentation covers key aspects of Korean higher education system to help understand the current trends and issues in the higher education sector in Korea. She provides an historical overview of educational development, key achievements and challenges, major reform initiatives, and internationalization of higher education.