SUNY, Rockefeller Institute to Host Forum on the Future of Higher Education

March 17, 2015

New York City – The State University of New York and Rockefeller Institute of Government tomorrow will host a forum on the future of higher education amid rising college costs, concern about the value of a degree, and the advancement of technology as a means of increasing access.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher will participate in a panel discussion with Alison Byerly, president of Lafayette College; Andrew Delbanco, director of American Studies at Columbia University and author of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be; and Louis Soares, vice president for Policy Research and Strategy for the American Council on Education.

Kevin Carey, author of The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, will be the keynote speaker.

The event is OPEN PRESS and will be held as follows:

Date:          Wednesday, March 18
Time:          4 – 5:30 p.m.
SUNY Global Center
                   116 East 55th Street
                   New York, NY



About the Rockefeller Institute of Government
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. The Institute conducts fiscal and programmatic research on American state and local governments. Journalists can find useful information on the Newsroom page of the Web site,

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY's 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2021, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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