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Susan Arbetter at SUNYCON

The annual SUNYCON symposium, this year titled “Degrees of Influence: The Forces Shaping the Future of Higher Education” convened October 27 and 28 at the Times Center in New York City.

The 2-day summit featured a cadre of higher education experts and national figures including NPR’s Terry Gross; Muriel Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities; William “Brit” Kirwan, Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland; Ben Casselman for FiveThirtyEight; and Rehema Ellis, Chief Education Correspondent, NBC News.

The conference focused on a few key questions:

  •  Can higher education learn from its critics to better adapt itself to a changing student population and prepare them for tomorrow’s social, political, economic, and technological landscape?
  •  Is it possible to use widespread local, national, and international attention on the sector as a positive force for realizing transformational change?
  •  In the face of these converging pressures, can higher education remain anchored to its public mission?
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