Affirmative Action: Why now? Why again? What's next?
October 13, 2022
On October 31, 2022, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to the admissions practices of Harvard and the University of North Carolina. These lawsuits are brought by Students for Fair Admissions which seeks to ban the consideration of race in college admissions, arguing that current practices discriminate against Asian Americans and violate federal law by using "race-conscious" admissions practices.
The Missing Men: How Can Higher Education Respond?
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Recent reports confirm that the long-term decline of men attending and completing college has accelerated, with men now representing less than 40% of college students. The decline of male participation cuts across race and socio-economic status, and is impacting all types of colleges and universities. The current crisis in community college enrollment in particular spotlights the precipitous drop in enrollment for Black men.
Higher Education & the 2020 Election
Friday, October 25, 2019
- David Leonhardt, Op-Ed columnist at the New York Times and founder of The Upshot.
- Susan M. Dynarski, Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Education; Professor of Economics, and Distinguished Diversity & Social Transformation Professor, University of Michigan
The New Mobility in Higher Education: Does a College Degree Matter?
Friday, October 25, 2019
- Stella Flores (Moderator), Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, New York University, Director of Access & Equity, Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy
- Paul Attewell, Professor of Sociology and Urban Education, The CUNY Graduate Center
Presentation: The Value of an Incomplete Degree
- Susan Dynarski, Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics, University of Michigan
Presentation: Aid Policy: Does it Help or Hinder Economic Mobility?
- Michal Kurlaender, Professor of Education Policy, University of California Davis
Presentation: Broad-Access Postsecondary Institutions and the Demography of Opportunity
Higher education is in a state of great challenge as well as opportunity. Is it still the great engine of opportunity or the hidden mechanism for reproducing social inequality? In this panel, expert scholars will discuss the current and future status of the US postsecondary system through the lenses of financial aid, the consequences and returns of not completing a degree, and the key institutions educating the new demography of this nation.
Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity
October 5, 2018
- Charles Clotfelter, Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy, Duke University
- Richard M. Freeland, President Emeritus, Northeastern University and former Commissioner of Higher Education, Massachusetts
- Gene Jarrett, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, New York University
The Steinhardt Institute hosted a conversation with Charles Clotfelter, the noted Duke economist, about his recent book, Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity, along with two respondents, Richard M. Freeland and Gene Jarrett. Clotfelter's work is both meticulous and deeply engaging. He breaks new ground in the exploration of how the wealthiest elites handle their great affluence in ways that distort higher education more with each passing year. In turn, this exacerbates inequality in our society at large.
Stratification and Mobility in Higher Education: Dual Realities or Contradicting Values?
October 5, 2018
- Stella Flores (Moderator), Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, New York University; Director of Access and Equity, Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy
- Sigal Alon, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
- Will Doyle, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Vanderbilt University
- Tatiana Melguizo, Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern California
- Florencia Torche, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University
The panel provided multidisciplinary perspectives on the key issues of stratification and mobility facing US higher education with lessons from other nations. From tuition policies to state and institutional decision-making around remediation and college success, panelists shared the latest research highlighting the state of progress and decline for low-income and underserved students at different levels of higher education.