Affordability and Access to Higher Education: A Panel Discussion of Education Leaders

The future of higher education is in the headlines. Employers want job applicants better prepared to contribute and to lead. The White House is asking colleges to find ways to become more accessible to a more diverse set of students. Numerous studies have documented that more education equates to higher lifetime earnings. And yet, costs have skyrocketed and affordability is a barrier for many who want to further their education.

According to President Mark Burstein, “Affordability and access to a quality college education are Lawrence’s top priorities.” For this reason, Lawrence University is hosting an evening in Chicago to examine the problem and explore solutions.

Join President Burstein and three other higher education leaders for a discussion of this critical issue. In addition to a pointed conversation from a number of different perspectives, panelists will address questions from the audience in an effort to explore answers to this pervasive problem. Prospective college students and their parents, educators, guidance counselors and employers will all benefit from the discussion.


  • Paul Adams, President, Providence St. Mel School
  • Douglas Belkin, Higher Education Reporter, Wall Street Journal
  • Mark Burstein, President, Lawrence University
  • Eugene Sunshine, Senior Vice President, Northwestern University
  • Scott Myers, Moderator and Lawrence University Trustee

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