Years of higher education used to pave the road towards increased job security and upwards economic mobility. But in recent years, the security that once accompanied a college degree has begun to fade as more and more college graduates face unemployment or underemployment. In today's labor market, debt is often the only assured outcome of schooling, while the positive ramifications seem few and far between.
As the twenty-first century economy continues to evolve, just who is our postsecondary education system leaving behind?
Join us as we invite TCF's Robert Shireman, Zakiya Smith of Lumina Foundation, and LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow to discuss the future of higher education in America and the trade-offs that young people should take into account when deciding their future. Is a college degree worth it? What alternatives should young people consider before diving into a traditional four-year university program?
Robert Shireman is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation working on education policy with a focus on for-profit college accountability, quality assurance, and consumer protections.He served in the Clinton White House as a Senior Policy Advisor to the National Economic Council and later for the Obama Administration as deputy undersecretary in the Department of Education. Currently, in addition to being a part of TCF’s education team, Shireman serves on the board of uAspire, a national nonprofit that helps low-income students find quality, affordable college options.
Zakiya Smith is as a strategy director at Lumina Foundation, where she leads the work of the Foundation to develop new models of student financial support for higher education. Most recently, Smith served as a senior advisor for education at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she focused on developing the President’s higher education policy. Smith also served in the Obama administration as a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Education where she developed programmatic, policy and budget solutions to respond to pressing challenges in college access, affordability, and completion.
Dr. Gail O. Mellow is President of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the United States. During her tenure at LaGuardia, the college has won numerous awards and achievements. Dr. Mellow spearheads local economic development with LaGuardia’s Small Business Development Center and NY Designs, a business incubator for design professionals. She is coauthor of three books and more than thirty articles. Her third book, Minding the Dream: The American Community College, was published in 2008.
A selection of wine and cheese will be served.
This is the final event in a three-part panel series aimed at bringing together millennials working in NYC to expand their networks and discuss policies that promise to build a better future. Whether you're new to the city, here for the summer, or just really enjoy meeting other incredibly smart people, you're invited to join us as we share a drink (or two) and discuss issues that matter. Learn more about other events in this summer's series.
Share with friends