Reconsidering the Value of Education
Monday, December 12 at 11:00 AM CT
College enrollments have declined steadily in recent years with hundreds of thousands of prospective students choosing not to pursue a degree. Students have to weigh the cost of college against the value they’ll take away from it. We all have a role to play in helping students realize the greatest possible value from their investment in their education. Join the Macmillan Learning team and a panel of experts for a conversation about what an education offers students, the decisions they have to weigh, and how we can work to provide value to every student. What you'll take away: An overview of the state of college enrollments; An understanding of the role that instructors can play in making courses feel worthwhile for students; and Ideas for making courses feel more relevant for students.
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Utah State University
Senior Policy Analyst, Higher Education at New America
Sophie Nguyen is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. Her work focuses on higher education issues pertaining to college finance and public opinion. She manages the HigherEd Public Opinion Hub, an online repository of higher education surveys. She co-authors Public Insight, New America's monthly newsletter that provides analysis on survey findings. Sophie joined the program after graduating from Mount Holyoke College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in economics. She also earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
James H. Rudy Professor of Sociology , Indiana University
Brian Powell is James H. Rudy professor and co-director of the Preparing Future Faculty program in the department of Sociology at Indiana University. He also is affiliated faculty in the Department of Gender Studies and the Kinsey Institute. He served as department chair and was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. Professor Powell's research focuses on family, education, gender, and sexuality. With grants from the National Science Foundation, American Education Research Association, and the Spencer Foundation, he has examined how families confer advantages (or disadvantages) to their children and how family structure influences parental investments in children. With coauthor Natasha Quadlin, he recently published, WHO SHOULD PAY? Higher Education, Responsibility and the Public, which explores Americans' views regarding the role of parents, children, and the government in college funding.