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Book Talk and Panel Discussion — The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere


SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th Street, New York, NY
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

To RSVP, please contact michele.charbonneau@rockinst.suny.edu or call (518) 443-5258 by March 16th.

What is the future of higher education at a time of skyrocketing costs, growing concern about the value of a college degree, and the advent of revolutionary ideas about using technology to widen access to education?

In his just-released book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, education researcher and writer Kevin Carey offers a passionate critique of how higher education, past and present, has excluded far too many people from its benefits. At the same time, he offers an overwhelmingly hopeful message about the future. Carey argues that rising costs, together with the revolution in information technology, are converging in ways that will radically alter the college experience, upend the traditional meritocracy, and provide previously unavailable educational opportunities to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

On Wednesday, March 18th, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th Street, New York, NY, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government invites you to join us for a moderated conversation about the future of higher education, featuring a distinguished group of higher education thought leaders. A reception will follow from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The discussion will feature keynote remarks by Carey, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation and a regular contributor to the New York Times and many other publications.

Following his remarks, Carey will discuss the themes of his book with four panelists:

  • Alison Byerly, President of Lafayette College;
  • Andrew Delbanco, Director of American Studies at Columbia University and author of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be;
  • Louis Soares, Vice President for Policy Research and Strategy for the American Council on Education; and
  • Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York.
The conversation will be moderated by Ben Wildavsky, director of Higher Education Studies at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and policy professor at the University at Albany.