Panelists will discuss the top state policy issues that they’ve been reporting on or responding to, including:
- state investments in higher education and emphases on system and institutional contributions to state needs;
- increasing pressures to be innovative, relevant, and graduating more and more students;
- issues related to affordability and borrowing behavior—including proposals for free or reduced college;
- legislative proposals to change public higher education governance structures;
- First Amendment and campus climate issues, e.g. free speech concerns; and
- issues related to student safety and welfare, which includes athletics and guns on campus/“campus carry,” among others.
Participants will hear how current state policies and trends are affecting public and private colleges and universities and how some institutions and boards are responding. In addition, our speakers will provide insight into what we can expect next—what’s on the horizon for state higher education policy and how might it affect the work of boards moving forward?
- Cristin Toutsi Grigos, director of public policy & statewide programs, AGB
- Ben Boggs, program principal, Education Division, National Conference of State Legislatures
- Eric Kelderman, senior reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Stacy Rastauskas, vice president for government relations, The Ohio State University
- Terri Standish-Kuon, president & CEO, Independent Colleges of Washington