The average college student leaves school with more than $26,000 in debt, and total student loan debt in the United States now exceeds $1 trillion. At the same time, too many students leave college without the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. And yet, despite the dire state of today’s higher education system, there is hope on the horizon: By favoring knowledge and skill acquisition over seat time, online options and competency-based learning are disrupting the traditional higher education market and perhaps have laid the foundation for a revitalization of American education. Despite the promise presented by these innovations, however, the antiquated higher education accreditation process remains a considerable obstacle to reform. Congress may also soon consider various proposals to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which governs all federal student loans and grants.
Join us for a discussion of the Higher Education Act and accreditation reform led by a group of the nation's leading experts on higher education.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable Hank Brown
Former United States Senator from Colorado and former President, The University of Colorado
President, American Council for Trustees and Alumni
Associate Director, Center for Education Freedom, Cato Institute
Will Skillman Fellow in Education