Susan Arbetter at SUNYCON
November 29, 2016
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?