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Will Reauthorization Save the Higher Education Act?

November 17, 2014

As part of the Penn Law Government Service Initiative, the Law School and New America co-hosted an expert panel on how reauthorization can be used to improve higher education and restructure the financial aid system to increase access and achieve better outcomes.

Given the significant impact this act has on the nation’s students and colleges, this discussion focused on how it can be used to help students, and even transform the system. The panelists explored new models like competency-based education and questioned if, despite the current political climate, reauthorization could be used to achieve the great feat of rethinking higher education writ large.

Speakers included Kevin Carey, Director, Education Policy Program, New America; Laura Perna, Executive Director, Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, Penn Graduate School of Education; Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education; Nick Anderson, Higher Education Writer, Washington Post, and Wendell Pritchett, Interim Dean and Presidential Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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