It seems the entire nation is talking about the economics of higher education--and with good reason: the stakes couldn't be higher. A panel of faculty and alumni experts share their predictions and opinions about this important set of issues at an October 25, 2013 TCAM event.

From families taking on debt, to the future of cutting-edge research in the face of declining federal support, to the need to compete globally for top talent, to the uncertain prospects facing graduates, higher education sits at the crossroads of many of the biggest social and economic shifts our society faces today.

What will happen in the next decade or so? How high will tuitions rise? What role will investors and investments play in university budgets? And, what role will universities like Cornell play in affecting change in this complex system of policies, pressures, and competition?

Panelists include:

  • Robert J. Katz '69, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees (moderator)
  • Kent Fuchs, University Provost
  • Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics
  • Rana Glasgal '87, MEN '92, alumni-elected member of the Board of Trustees
  • Michael Lovenheim, assistant professor in Policy Analysis and Management

This event was part of the Trustee Council Weekend 2013 activities.