Great Conversations

Renewing the Promise

Shaping the Next Century for the Great American University
Past event
Sep 30, 2010
Renewing the Promise

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
American Universities.

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, members, and Minnesota Public Radio members