2019 Events

March 12, 2019

The Value of Higher Education in the Disrupted Age: Notes from Australia

Shane B. Duggan, Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow, RMIT University 

Dr. Duggan examines the Australian Higher Education (H.E.) landscape and considers how policy makers and Higher Education providers are responding to the challenges and opportunities of networked technologies. Due to its admissions processes, size, and funding structure, the Australian H.E. context is a useful ‘sandbox’ for thinking about Higher Education more broadly. He outlines the implications of broad scale policy shifts on student recruitment, retention, and outcomes, and points to emerging trends around equity and access, drawing out similarities and differences with the United States H.E. context.

To see Dr. Duggan's PowerPoing, click here.


February 12, 2019

Challenges for Higher Education in South Africa

Molapo Qhobela, Chief Executive Office of the National Research Foundation

Dr. Qhobela discussed challenges for higher education in South Africa. A persistent challenge facing higher education in South Africa since 1994 is to redress past inequalities and to transform the higher education system to serve a new social order, to meet pressing national needs. Access to higher education and education in general has improved, but with a number of caveats related to further investment, institutional transformation, and innovative support mechanisms. 

2018 Events

November 29, 2018

University Leadership in Times of Change: Examples from Europe

Barbara Sporn, Professor and Director of the Institute of Higher Education Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Barbara Sporn

Professor Sporn compares her experience as Vice-Rector at one of the largest business schools in Europe with a career as a higher education researcher. Her focus was on leadership issues, change management, and possible avenues of further research in the study of colleges and universities. The presentation outlined major reform efforts in Europe and policy implementations in Austria. 

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November 1, 2018

College Student Mobility and the Role of Statewide Articulation

George Spencer, Dean's Faculty Fellow, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

George Spencer

In this talk, Dr. Spencer presented evidence from a national examination of transfer associate degree policies: an articulation approach featuring two-year credentials as a mechanism to seamlessly transfer credits from community colleges to four-year institutions. Using institution-level data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, he exploits variation in the introduction of these policies across multiple states as a natural experiment. Results suggest that such policies increased rates of associate degree completion but the effect varied across states. The findings support the hypothesis that comprehensive articulation may be most effective at redirecting students to transferable pathways specified by the legislation.

October 5, 2018

Steinhardt Institute Luncheon Symposium

Charles Clotfelter, Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy, Duke University

Richard M. Freeland, President Emeritus, Northeastern University and former Commissioner of Higher Education, Massachusetts  

Gene Jarrett, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, New York University 

Richard Freeland, Charles Clotfelter, and Gene Jarrett

The Steinhardt Institute hosted a conversation with Charles Clotfelter, the noted Duke economist, about his recent book, Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity, along with two respondents, Richard M. Freeland and Gene Jarrett. Charles' work is both meticulous and deeply engaging. He breaks new ground in the exploration of how the wealthiest elites handle their great affluence in ways that distort higher education more with each passing year. In turn, this exacerbates inequaliy in our society at large. 


October 5, 2018

Stratification and Mobility in Higher Education: Dual Realities or Contradicting Values?

Stella Flores (Moderator), Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, New York University; Director of Access and Equity, Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy

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

Will Doyle, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Vanderbilt University

Tatiana Melguizo, Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern California

Florencia Torche, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

Ann Marcus Will Doyle Stella Flores Charles Clotfelter  Tatiana Melguizo Florencia Torche and Signal Alon 

The panel provided multidisciplinary perspectives on the key issues of stratification and mobility facing US higher education with lessons from other nations. From tuition policies to state and institutional decision-making around remediation and college success, panelists shared the latest research highlighting the state of progress and decline for low-income and underserved students at different levels of higher education.


April 26, 2018

The Higher Education System in Venezuela: Overview and Challenges to Academic Freedom

David GomezFaculty of Law and Political Science at the Univerity of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela and Director of the NGO, Aula Abierta Venezuela.

David Gomez

Professor Gómez Gamboa presented on the Venezuelan higher education system in terms of the constitutional and legal grounds, organization, the types and structure of higher education institutions, and groups with special protection needs. In addition, he discussed the role of the government and university bodies in self-governance, accreditation and finance. The presentation considered some challenges higher education institutions in Venezuela are facing regarding restrictions and reprisals against autonomy and academic freedom, criminalization of university protests, and the discriminatory practices as patterns of violations of human rights and democracy.

To see Dr. Gomez's PowerPoint, click here.


February 1, 2018

The Role of Research in Promoting Access and Equity in Higher Education

Robert Teranishi, Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education, Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies, Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education, University of California, Los Angeles.

Demographic projects suggest the U.S. will be the first major advanced post-industrial society in history to become majority-minority.  As a result, the demographics of college students has begun to change.  There is a need for research that can help define and measure student success, determine institutional priorities, and represent their role and function in higher education.  This presentation demonstrates how research can be a driving force for social justice and institutional change that is responsive to demographic realities.

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