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Higher education is in a period of undeniable flux, partially in response to the global pandemic, but also due to trends that have culminated across several decades. This panel discussion brings together academic leaders and policy experts to examine how we can best address today’s most important challenges with an eye toward better preparing our students for lifelong success.

From addressing issues of access in education, to evolving the models for what and how we teach today’s students, to bridging the gap between academia and the workplace, panelists will draw upon their wealth of combined experiences to envision answers to higher education’s most pressing questions. Areas of focus will include the interweaving of civic life and college learning, reimagining curricula to better prepare students for the modern workforce and strategizing new partnerships to create career pathways after graduation.


Norman Fortenberry, Sc.D.

Executive Director
American Society for Engineering Education

Julia Kent, Ph.D.

Vice President, Best Practices and Strategic Initiatives
Council of Graduate Schools

Jenny Rickard, Ph.D.

President and CEO
The Common Application

Darla Spence Coffey, Ph.D.

President and CEO
Council on Social Work Education

Karen West, Ph.D.

President and CEO
American Dental Education Association

Nancy Zimpher, Ph.D.

Chancellor Emeritus
State University of New York


Robert Ruiz

Vice President, Strategic Enrollment