Redefining What a "Good" College Is


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For decades, a college or university was considered “good” if it was exclusive, wealthy, and prestigious—like a country club, but with lectures instead of golf. But under political and market pressures, that definition is beginning to shift to schools that do good—by providing quality degrees at reasonable prices to non-wealthy students while encouraging those students to become engaged citizens.

Please join New America and the Washington Monthly for a pair of panel discussions with individuals on the cutting edge of this shift, as featured in the Washington Monthly’s newly-released 2019 College Guide and Rankings.

Follow the conversation online using #WaMoCollegeGuide and following @NewAmericaEd and @monthly.

Lunch will be served.


11:00-11:02 AM: Welcome

Kevin Carey
, @kevincarey1
Vice President, Knowledge Management & Education Policy, New America

11:02-11:10 AM: Opening Remarks

Chauncy Lennon
, @ChauncyLennon
Vice President for Future of Learning and Work, Lumina Foundation

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM: Panel 1

George Bridges
, @GeorgeSBridges
President, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

Kassie Phebillo, @kassie_pbo
TX Votes Program Coordinator
University of Texas at Austin's Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

Anne Kim, @Anne_S_Kim
Contributing Editor, Washington Monthly

Paul Glastris, @glastris (moderator)
Editor in Chief, Washington Monthly

12:10-12:30 PM: Lunch

12:30-1:30 PM: Panel 2

Melissa Curry
, @Microsoft
Program Manager, Microsoft

Joyce Hammer, @CCBlazers
Vice President of Instruction, Centralia College

Grace Gedye, @GraceGedye
Associate Editor, Washington Monthly

Mary Alice McCarthy, @McCarthyEdWork (moderator)
Director, Center on Education & Skills, Education Policy Program, New America