The 20th century was
arguably the century of the American university: visionary leadership and
public policy led to a system of higher education that became the envy of the
world and the destination for the best and brightest international students.
Today, however, intense competition for resources, the lack of a coherent
national vision for developing human capital and innovation, and strong
investment in universities abroad threaten continued U.S. leadership.
As a special part of the celebration of Homecoming, University of Minnesota
President Robert Bruininks will discuss the future of American high education -
what makes it great and how to sustain its global stature - with Jonathan Cole,
former provost and dean of faculties at Columbia University and author of the
comprehensive new book The Great American University; and University of
Minnesota alumnus Robert Berdahl,
former chancellor of The University of California, Berkeley, former president
of the University of Texas, Austin, and current president of the Association of
A dessert reception with the speakers follows the conversation.
$20 tickets available for U of M faculty, staff, students, UMAA members, President’s Club, Learning Circle, MinnPost.com members, and Minnesota Public Radio members