The Next America
Taking Stock: 50 Years of the Higher Education Act

June 9, 2015
Washington, D.C.

50 years ago, Pres­id­ent Lyn­don John­son signed the High­er Edu­ca­tion Act in­to law with the ob­ject­ive of mak­ing col­lege more ac­cess­ible and af­ford­able for stu­dents. Today, the United States has fallen to 12th in the world in four year de­gree at­tain­ment. Tu­ition has soared and stu­dent loan debt has crossed the $1 tril­lion mark.

By 2020, Pres­id­ent Obama once again wants Amer­ica to have the highest pro­por­tion of col­lege gradu­ates in the world. What is it go­ing to take to achieve high levels of col­lege gradu­ates in the world. What is it go­ing to take to achieve high levels of col­lege com­ple­tion? Have we demo­crat­ized ac­cess to high­er edu­ca­tion? What will law­makers fo­cus on as they pre­pare to reau­thor­ize the High­er Edu­ca­tion Act this year?

Na­tion­al Journ­al hos­ted a for­um of key stake­hold­ers and ex­perts dis­cuss­ing to what ex­tent we have suc­ceeded in ful­filling the goals of the High­er Edu­ca­tion Act of 1965 and what re­forms and in­nov­a­tion are needed.

Presented by

Atlantic Live


  • Lamar Alexander
    Lamar Alexander Senator (R-TN) U.S. Senate
  • Sarita Brown
    Sarita Brown President Excelencia in Education
  • Ron Brownstein
    Ron Brownstein Editorial Director Atlantic Media
  • Muriel Howard, Ph.D.
    Muriel Howard, Ph.D. President American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Cheryl Hyman
    Cheryl Hyman Chancellor City Colleges of Chicago
  • Andrew Kelly
    Andrew Kelly Resident Scholar and Director, AEI Center on Higher Education Reform American Enterprise Institute
  • Ted Mitchell
    Ted Mitchell Under Secretary U.S. Department of Education
  • Aaron Smith
    Aaron Smith Senior Strategic Advisor & Co-Founder Young Invincibles
  • Sophie Quinton
    Sophie Quinton Staff Reporter National Journal


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