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Keene State to Host Talk about State of Higher Education

February 10, 2014

Keene State to Partner with American Democracy Project to Spearhead National Series on Economic Inequality

Keene State College, Keene State 2013 Symposium Committee, and American Democracy Project are hosting a talk about the state of public higher education, with two thought leaders in the fields of higher education and civic engagement; Harry Boyte, founder of Public Achievement, an international youth citizenship education effort, and George Mehaffy, vice president for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Mehaffy is also the founder of a national program titled American Democracy Project (ADP), which engages higher education institutions to prepare students for active citizenship. Keene State College is partnering with ADP to lead a national educational effort on economic inequality, starting in the summer of 2014.

The speakers will discuss how higher education is changing, in terms of what students need to succeed, how to best engage with students, expectations on faculty and administration, and the role of families. The discussion will also explore how forces external to higher education are pushing for more tangible measurements for success, as well as flexibility in how students are taught, and collaboration between institutions. The role and importance of a residential college experience will be highlighted.

Speaking event location and time:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
6pm, Redfern Arts Center, Main Theater

The event is free and open to the public.