Higher Education at a Crossroads: An Atlantic Next America Forum

March 22, 2017
Washington, DC

Institutions of higher learning are keeping a keen eye on Washington. With a new administration in office, how will the federal government’s role in higher education evolve? How will other administration priorities affect campus life? What impact will states have? And what do higher education institutions, employers and students need most?

The Atlantic will convene key policymakers, state leaders, administrators, stakeholders and experts for a robust discussion about the future of postsecondary education policy.

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  • Wednesday, March 22
  • 8:30 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
    Daniel Greenstein*, Director of Education, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 8:40 a.m.The Role of CongressCongresswoman Susan Davis
    With Joie Chen, Journalist and Contributor, AtlanticLIVE
  • 9:05 a.m.Learning From the StatesBen Cannon, Executive Director, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
    David Wright, Chief Policy Officer, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 9:35 a.m.The Campus ExperienceSheila Bair, President, Washington College
    Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
    Eloy Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges
    With Ron Brownstein, The Atlantic
  • 10:15 a.m. Closing ThoughtsJamie Merisotis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lumina Foundation
    Margaret Low, AtlanticLIVE


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