Dr. Avijit Ghosh Lecture: "Is There a Crisis in Higher Education?"

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Friday, September 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

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In this video, Dr. Avijit Ghosh presents a lecture on the question, "Is There a Crisis in Higher Education?" Dr. Ghosh is currently at the University of Illinois serving as Vice President of Technology & Economic Development, and also a Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business. Topics covered in this video include:

  • The economic value of a college education to the individual.
  • A decline in the public attitudes about higher education institutions.
  • The affordability of higher education.
  • The rising cost of tuition.
  • Delivering more with less.
  • Retention problems. Why 76% of undergraduates don't graduate in 4 years, and only 54% graduate after 6 years.
  • Declining access to higher education for the economically challenged.
  • Trends in state and federal funding of public education.
  • Questions & Answers
  • (1) Are public and private education institutions becoming indistinguishable?
  • (2) As public education institutions receive more money from corporate sources, will they lose autonomy?
  • (3) Are sports programs a viable source of money?
  • (4) Are universities in competition with community colleges?
  • (5) Does online education and hybrid education reduce cost?
  • (6) Are high school AP classes and dual enrollment programs inefficient?
  • (7) What is the social value of education?
  • (8) Is higher education in the US the best in the world?


Department of Geography - University of Iowa


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