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'Higher Education’s Changing Landscape' talk set for Oct. 31

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment will present "Higher Education’s Changing Landscape," a panel discussion from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in 508 Rider Building. 

Speaking will be David P. Baker, professor of education, professor of sociology and senior scientist in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Roger L. Geiger, Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and senior scientist in Center for the Study of Higher Education.

Michael J. Dooris, executive director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment, will be the moderator. 

Since the establishment of Harvard College in 1636, American higher education has been in a constant state of evolution. Political, cultural, economic, demographic and technological forces have always shaped the nation’s colleges and universities, and powerful shifts on all of those dimensions continue. This session will examine the current pressures and opportunities – and in particular, what those dynamics might mean for public flagship universities such as Penn State.

The panelists are internationally recognized for their scholarship in their respective fields. Geiger, as one of the nation’s leading historians of higher education, has written widely on the historical development, and the current and future role, of American research universities. Baker, as a prominent sociologist of education, has published and spoken extensively on educational transformation from a global perspective, and how the “massification” of basic and higher education affects not only schools and colleges but society itself.

To register, call the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at 814-863-8721 or email Penn State campuses interested in participating via videoconference should contact the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment. There is no fee, and the sessions are open to all Penn State students, faculty and staff members.

The event is supported by the Quality Advocates Network, which meets several times each semester to share ideas and examples of improvement and change. To join the Quality Advocates Network mailing list or to learn more about the meetings scheduled, contact the staff at

The Quality Advocates Network is open to all Penn State faculty, staff, administrators and students.

Last Updated January 10, 2015