Higher education has proven to be a catalyst for social mobility, but in the current environment, it functions inequitably. Despite some success stories, higher education reflects broader societal trends in systemic racism and classism; further exacerbated by COVID-19. Because institutions are compartmentalized and decentralized, higher education is slow to change.
The new education ecosystem creates equitable expressways to and through public higher education and bends the arc toward systemic equality. It calls for innovating together across institutions to bring ideas to scale quickly and imbuing them with sustainable institutional ownership and establishes an avenue for immediate nationwide consumption and application. Importantly, changing the national landscape of who gets to lead and succeed in enabling their own educational journeys lies with who we empower as designers, knowers, and change-makers of our futures.
Please join this conversation with two college presidents to discuss how the new education ecosystem provides a pathway toward equality in higher education.