32nd Annual Lecture

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31st Annual Lecture

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Competitive Advantage: Stratification, privatization and vocationalization of higher education.

Sheila Slaughter
Louise McBee Professor of Higher Education, University of Georgia

Neo-liberalism and fiscal constraint are increasing the competition for prestige and funding within higher education. Intense focus on STEM and professional fields is creating disparities between these fields and the liberal arts. In raising these issues, Professor Slaughter discusses the complex processes influencing higher education and examines countertrends that focus on the organizational and social forces that contest these changes. 11.05.14

30th Annual Lecture

Michael A. Olivas, Distinguished Chair in Law, University of Houston, presented his lecture, Higher Education and the Courts: Legal Issues Involving Faculty, Students, and Immigrants. As universities become increasingly legislated, regulated, and litigious, campuses have become testing grounds for a host of constitutional challenges, from faculty and student free speech to race- or religion-based admissions policies. 10.30.13

29th Annual Lecture

Jack Scott, CGU Scholar in Residence and former Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, presented his lecture, California’s Disinvestment in Higher Education: Its Consequences and How to Fix It. He shared first-hand knowledge of how California’s higher education system went from a world leader to one of the country’s most challenged over the span of 40 years and provided thoughts on how the state can reclaim its once globally envied system. 10.02.12

28th Annual Lecture

Dr. Vincent Tinto, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University, presented his lecture Access Without Support Is Not Opportunity. Professor Tinto has carried out research and has written extensively on higher education, particularly on student success and the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment. His most recent book, Leaving College, published by the University of Chicago Press, lays out a theory and policy perspective on student success that is considered the benchmark by which work on these issues are judged. 10.06.11

27th Annual Lecture

Dr. Mildred Garcia, President of California State University Dominguez Hills, delivered her lecture, On the Margin and at the Center. What role does presidential leadership play in our increasingly pluralistic higher education institutions? How can we best prepare the next generation of higher education leaders for the challenges they face? How will P–16 partnerships, diversity and community issues impact the future of higher education? These are just some of the areas Dr. Garcia will address in her presentation, drawing both from her experience as president of two different institutions and her own scholarship on leadership and diversity. 10.06.10

26th Annual Lecture

Jamie Merisotis, CEO and President of Lumina Foundation for Education, presented his lecture, It’s the Learning, Stupid. Jamie Merisotis addressed the important reasons why the national debate over college completion—as embodied by the Foundation’s (and President Obama’s) goal of increasing the nation’s level of high quality degrees and credentials to 60%—represents a watershed moment for higher education in the United States. 10.14.09

25th Annual Lecture

Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, the President of the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) and Texas Southmost College (TSC), presented her lecture, Stewardship: The Privileges & the Responsibilities. Dr. Garcia discussed issues such as making controversial decisions in the public arena, taking a stand on positions that benefit the greater good, and confronting the cross-current issues of immigration and patriotism in a diverse border area. 09.22.08