Fall Events 2019

“Leading on the Edge of Change: Climate, Education & Politics in Alaska”

James Johnsen, President, University of Alaska

Thursday, October 24, 2019

4-5:30 pm

Seaborg Room, Faculty Club

The University of Alaska is the state's sole public system of higher education and a world leader in Arctic research. In response to unprecedented 41 percent state funding cut enacted by gubernatorial budget veto in 2019, the University mounted a major advocacy campaign, declared financial exigency, and began planning for organizational restructuring to include consolidation of the system's several universities and termination of tenured faculty. The governor's veto was rationalized on grounds that the state was in a fiscal crisis and that the university was too costly, in particular its research activities. After a second legislative session and continued public opposition to the governor's veto, the legislature reinstated most of the vetoed funds. At the same time, under pressure to resolve the funding issue in lieu of a second veto, the university and the governor agreed to a three year "compact" that moderated budget reductions and committed the governor and the university to support a number of high priority initiatives to strengthen higher education in the state. University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen will present an overview of the case and an analysis of the implications for higher education in Alaska and in the nation.

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“American Higher Education in 2040”

Arthur Levine

Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Thursday, November 7, 2019

4-5:30 pm

Chevron Auditorium, International House

This talk will focus on the future of American Education. The United States is undergoing a transition from a national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital, knowledge economy. All of our social institutions, including higher education, were created for the former and change will be required to fit the latter. There is currently a heated debate on how much change will be necessary with highly regarded experts arguing that higher education will meet the challenge as it has in the past by adaptation and reform or alternately that the current model of higher education is outdated and will be transformed through a process of disruption and replacement. A plausible case can be made for either position.

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“Proving Student Competence in Higher Education”

Hamish Coates, Director, Higher Education Division Deputy Director, Global Research Center for the Assessment of College and Student Development Tsinghua University

Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Room 630, Bechtel Boardroom, Sutardja Dai Hall

Student experience and student competence are often viewed as separate things, though in any realistic sense they are closely interlinked. Students, teachers and universities engage for all kinds of intrinsic reasons, but importantly to learn and achieve. Experience and engagement are part of the same educational journey. Identifying and leading patterns in such journeys and linking them to student competence is an important next step for higher education policy.

Hamish Coates will articulate what progress should be made towards proving student competence in the global era. First, he will discuss the need for new forms of information on student competence. Next, he will spotlight the most promising areas for development in measuring student competence. Third, he will review what is required to shift global higher education beyond prevailing information about student experience and competence.

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