What does the future of higher education look like? A panel of five university and college presidents offered their crystal-ball visions in a recent session during the ASU+GSV Summit, which is happening online this week.
Moderator Michelle Marx, chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver, asked panelists—each representing a unique higher education model—to look forward five years and beyond.
When many college students were spending time on TikTok this summer, Chris Harrison took on a more pressing issue: helping his peers find a quick and easy way to access political information.
Harrison, a sophomore at Hamilton College, promptly enlisted the help of two other friends to build a website that could educate younger citizens about upcoming elections, voting registration, and politicians.
In this interview, Joseph Castro talks about his experiences as a first-generation college student, being the first person of color to hold the chancellor position at California State University, and the challenges presented by COVID-19.
Castro's background reflects the majority of the nearly half-million students he will serve. Forty-three percent of CSU students are Latino and 62 percent are students of color, according to 2019 enrollment data.
Campus outbreaks have fueled tensions in college towns and cities across the country, from San Diego to Morgantown, West Virginia, even though there is little evidence so far of spillover into local populations.
In many ways, these dynamics reflect enduring town-and-gown friction. But never before have the conflicts played out amid a global pandemic that is forcing colleges and local governments to balance life-or-death matters of community health against the financial solvency of higher-education institutions that may be their towns’ biggest economic engines.