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The Death of the Public University and Why It Is Time for a New Model

Wednesday February 2008


Michael Crow President, Arizona State University; Former Executive Vice Provost, Columbia University

Introduction: David DesRosiers, Senior Fellow, Center for the American University

For more than 200 years, public universities have been the facilitators of the American dream, opening the doors of economic opportunity and advancement. Today, that historic role is threatened. What will this mean for America’s future, as countries like India and China, who recognize the importance of a highly educated workforce, outstrip our ability to produce workers qualified for a global, knowledge-based economy? Are we destined to become a nation of low-skilled, low-wage earners?