Dilip Das, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Susan M. Dynarski, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Associate Professor of Education, School of Education
Betty Overton-Adkins, Provost, Spring Arbor University
John J.H. “Joe” Schwarz, Visiting Lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and former Michigan Senator and member of Congress
Moderated by John C. Burkhardt, Director, National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, Clinical Professor, CSHPE and Special Assistant to the Provost for University Engagement
Join the UM Alumni Association, School of Education, and National Forum on Higher Education
for the Public Good for the second event in our series on “Reinventing Public Education.” This
session will explore how colleges and universities in the United States have evolved in their
missions, complexity and influence within society, focusing particularly on how the higher
education system has diversified and changed over the last generation. While the role of
higher education as an economic engine and a path to social mobility has been broadly touted,
it should also continue to support the civic and intellectual advancement of our society. In
light of pressures on public resources and the continuing rising cost of college attendance,
education experts, community leaders, alumni, and others are forced to critically examine the
purpose and success of our higher education system. Are we educating enough of our citizens?
Are we educating too many? Who should go to college, and who is college for? What are the
benefits of a college education, and is higher education worth the cost?
Through an interactive panel discussion we will exchange ideas about how a college
education, especially one that is offered by a great public university, should prepare students
for work and life. Our panelists and participants will also examine the roles that colleges and
universities play in community life, in setting a research agenda for the nation, preparing
leaders, maintaining access to the professions, and the many other ways in which higher
education has been charged with serving society and promoting the greater good.
This event begins promptly at 7 p.m. Eastern time at the Alumni Center, 200 Fletcher St. (the corner of Fletcher and Washington) in Ann Arbor. Visit alumni.umich.edu/get-informed/lifelong-learning/leaders-and-best-seminars to register for this event, available in person on campus or via live stream from home or your mobile device. Save the date for our final seminar on December 8! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.