After the Recession: Higher Education Access & Finance in the South

Date: Friday, November 08, 2013
Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location: 102 Graves Hall
Cost: free 

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After the Recession:

Higher Education Access & Finance in the South

David Spence, President, Southern Regional Education Board

Date: Friday November 8, 2013

Place & Time: 102 Graves Hall, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to a forum to discuss "After the Recession: Higher Education Access & Finance in the South." The forum is hosted by The University of Alabama's Education Policy Center, and co-sponsored by the Program in Higher Education, and the Executive Ed.D. Program in Higher Education.

The theme of the forum is on improving higher education in the post-recession South. The South is different from other regions of the country in terms of (a) larger rural populations as a percentage of the whole, that include substantial minority representation; (b) rural regions that have experienced persistently high post-recession poverty rates; and (c) much larger and more prominent public higher education sectors that comprise upwards of 90% of all students enrolled. If the South's higher education institutions are to provide economic and civic leadership, public institutions must lead. Invited participants will be asked to address the following questions:

1. Post-recession, what policies and practices are needed to create a

higher "college-going" ethic among students and families?

2. Post-recession, what is needed to help business and industry leaders understand that state funding for public higher education is an investment, not a cost?

3. Post-recession, what can be done to ameliorate rising tuition costs

that create "sticker shock" among parents and potential students, and

perhaps as a result, lower college going rates?

David S. Spence is President of the Southern Regional Education Board. Since 1948,

SREB has worked with policymakers to improve education in the South.

David S. Spence is president of the Southern Regional Education Board, where he consults on education policy with governors, state legislators, state K-12 and higher education chiefs and other leaders. He has led one of the nation's foremost efforts to work with states in establishing statewide college readiness policies as well as several special initiatives aimed at increasing the percentage of state populations with a postsecondary certificate or degree.

Contact Info: Steve Katsinas, (205) 348-2470,Website,

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