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The economic imperative of expanding college opportunity

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

On June 26, The Hamilton Project at Brookings released two new papers and hosted a forum on the importance of expanding college opportunity for more Americans, with particular focus on ways to reach low-income students.

Following remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Caroline Hoxby of Stanford University presented a new proposal that outlines a strategy for targeting and reaching low-income, high-achieving students and providing them with the information necessary to help facilitate their application to selective colleges. William Fitzsimmons of Harvard College, Nicole Farmer Hurd of the National College Advising Corps, and Robert Gordon of The Brookings Institution joined a roundtable discussion on the proposal, moderated by Hamilton Project Director Michael Greenstone.

A second panel of experts focused more broadly on the role of higher education in American mobility. Participants include Nancy Cantor of Syracuse University, David Coleman of The College Board, Brit Kirwan of the University System of Maryland, and Jon Whitmore of ACT, Inc. New York Times Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt moderated the discussion.



Robert E. Rubin
Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations;
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

Roundtable: A Strategy for Reaching Low-Income, High-Achieving Students

Author:  Caroline Hoxby
Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University

Discussant:  Nicole Farmer Hurd
Founder and Executive Director,  National College Advising Corps

Discussant: William Fitzsimmons
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid,  Harvard College

Discussant: Robert Gordon
Guest Scholar, The Brookings Institution
Former Acting Deputy Director and Executive Associate Director, Office of Management and Budget

Moderator: Michael Greenstone
Senior Fellow and Director, The Hamilton Project
The Brookings Institution


Roundtable: The Role of Higher Education in American Mobility

Discussant:  Nancy Cantor
Chancellor and President, Syracuse University

Discussant: David Coleman
President, The College Board

Discussant: William F. Kirwan
Chancellor & Chief Executive Officer, University System of Maryland

Discussant: Jon Whitmore
Chief Executive Officer, ACT, Inc.

Moderator: David Leonhardt
Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times

Event Forum

The National Press Club Ballroom


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