On June 25, the TIAA Institute and The Education Trust co-hosted a special higher education event in Washington, D.C. Featured speakers included five current presidents of colleges or universities, as well as a keynote address by John B. King, Jr., president & CEO of The Education Trust, and Anthony Jack, assistant professor of education at Harvard University and author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students.
Combining short talks, big ideas, and breakout discussions, the agenda examined:
- What are colleges and universities doing to drive social mobility for students of color and students from low-income families, and which institutions are doing it particularly well?
- What are the barriers disadvantaged students face when trying to climb the economic ladder with the help of higher education?
- What federal policies and other conditions would help colleges serve as engines of upward social mobility – and reward them for doing so?
- What are the implications of student debt on disadvantaged populations?
Attendance was by invitation only, and participants included approximately 125 higher education leaders, policymakers, heads of advocacy groups and associations, and scholars focused on social mobility and related issues. The convening agenda and event materials are provided below.
Learn about the speakers and find additional event information on The Education Trust’s event landing page. Also, follow @TIAAInstitute and @EdTrust and use the hashtag #SocialMobility to join the conversation on social media.