The Decade Ahead: Trends in Higher Education

Please save the date for a panel discussion with three distinguished guests: economist and author Nathan Grawe, enrollment professional Adrienne Oddi, and journalist and author Jeff Selingo, who will discuss how shifting demographics, declining public confidence in higher education, debates over the value of the degree, and the future of work will impact higher education in the decade ahead.

Dr. Nathan Grawe is Professor of Economics at Carleton College where he has served on the faculty since 1999.  Nathan earned his BA from St. Olaf College and his MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.  His work as a labor economist studies the connections between family background and educational and labor market outcomes.   Nathan’s 2018 book, Demographics and The Demand for Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press) examines how recent demographic shifts are likely to affect demand for higher education. In a follow-up project, The Agile College (Johns Hopkins University Press), Nathan draws on interviews with higher education leaders to provide examples of how proactive institutions are grappling with demographic change.

Adrienne Amador Oddi is widely regarded as an ethical leader with a deep passion and expertise in college access and enrollment. Adrienne moved to Charlotte last year to serve in the role of Vice President for Strategic Enrollment and Communications at Queens University of Charlotte. She is known for creating practices that actively include different voices and views while building communities on college campuses. Prior to joining the Queens and Charlotte community, Adrienne held enrollment leadership positions at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut; Berry College in Rome, Georgia; University of Rochester in Rochester, New York; and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She has presented and keynoted at numerous regional and national conferences and held leadership roles in professional organizations. Adrienne earned her bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Kenyon College and her master's degree in Educational Measurement and Statistics from The Ohio State University. 

Jeff Selingo has written about higher education for more than two decades and is a New York Times bestselling author of three books. His latest book, Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, was published in September 2020 and was named among the 100 Notable Books of the year by the New York Times. A regular contributor to The Atlantic, Jeff is a special advisor for innovation and professor of practice at Arizona State University. He also writes a bi-weekly newsletter on all things higher ed called Next, and co-hosts the podcast, FutureU. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the board of trustees at Ithaca College and lives in Washington, DC with his family.

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Wednesday, February 8 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Campus Center, Emerson Suites 953 Danby Road

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