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Campus forum to look at public
universities' role in educational equity
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —
Are public research universities still serving the public interest?
Are low-income and minority students losing access? What are the consequences
as these schools become more selective and competitive?
Those are among the questions Pennsylvania State University professor
Don Heller will be addressing as the featured speaker at the annual
Hardie Forum on Jan. 24 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The forum, titled “College Access and Public Research Universities:
Does ‘Public’ Still Apply?” will be from 2-4 p.m.
in the General Lounge (Room 210) of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green
St., Urbana. A panel discussion involving members of the College
of Education faculty will take place afterward.
The event is free and open to the public.
Heller is a professor and senior research associate in the Center for
the Study of Higher Education at Penn State. His research interests
include higher education economics, financing and public policy, with
a focus on issues of college access and choice for low-income and minority
students. His work has been honored by prominent higher education research
associations and been cited numerous times in the national media.
As part of the forum, Heller and the panelists will respond to a recent
report from The
Education Trust: “Engines of Inequity: Diminishing
Equity in the Nation’s Premier Public Universities.”
The event is sponsored by the Charles D. Hardie Forum on Democratic
Educational Aims and Evaluation, in collaboration with the Forum for
the Future of Public Education, both based in the College of Education.