Join National Journal for a policy summit convening key industry leaders, labor and workforce experts, and advocacy groups to discuss the future of higher education in the U.S. given our shifting economy and the changing models of post-secondary degrees.
A degree beyond high school is essential for young people to succeed in the global economy and pursue their dreams. Unfortunately, too many postsecondary programs don't deliver the value that students and families want and need. College costs too much. Their degree programs are designed for full-time students, even though 75 percent of students today are "non-traditional." Too many students never finish, ending up with debt but no degree. For those that do graduate, too many are unprepared for the workplace. As such, colleges are developing new models of degree acquisition in an effort to better serve the modern lifestyles and waning pocketbooks of students. What is the future of the college degree, and higher education in general, in the United States?
Vice President, Postsecondary Education Policy, Center for American Progress
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media. Mr. Brownstein also writes for 2012 Decoded.
Prior to joining Atlantic Media, Brownstein was the national affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has also served as the Times' national political correspondent and the author of the weekly Washington Outlook column. Brownstein is a National Journal alumnus, having served as the magazine's White House and national politics correspondent from 1983-1986, and then as its west coast correspondent through 1989. He appears regularly on national television, including NBC, ABC, CBS, and MSNBC, and served as a political analyst for CNN from 1998 through 2004. His sixth and most recent book, The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America, was published by Penguin in November 2007.
Director, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation
President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities
Chief Academic Officer, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
President, San Jose State University
Executive Director, California Competes (Former Deputy Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Education)