Where Are They Now: A Look at America’s Next Generation Universities

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Of the 11.6 million jobs created after the Great Recession, 95% of those went to those with at least some college education. As the college degree remains critical to national and individual economic mobility, public research universities are stepping up to help America regain its educational edge. Universities are redesigning their campuses to expand access to high-quality education, increase completion across socioeconomic class, and prepare a new generation of students for a rapidly evolving economy.

In 2013, a New America report described these universities as “Next Generation Universities,” public universities serving large numbers of students across the socioeconomic spectrum, who are using innovative practices to serve more students while also improving outcomes for students. So, three years later how have these universities progressed? What can others learn from this approach as policymakers and higher education leaders consider a new normal in higher education?

Join us on Thursday, January 12th to hear how these universities continue to redefine public higher education three years later, and collaborating with their peers along the way.

Follow the discussion online using #NextGenU and follow us @NewAmericaEd.


12:00 pm: Registration

12:30 pm: Welcome

Anne-Marie Slaughter
President and CEO, New America

12:35 pm: Panel Discussion: Defining Next Generation Universities: Why a New Model Matters for the Completion Agenda


Hilary Pennington
Vice President of Education, Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation

Tina Gridiron
Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation

Alison Griffin
Senior Vice President of External and Government Relations, USA Funds

Kevin Carey
Director, Education Policy Program, New America


David Leonhardt
Columnist, New York Times

1:45 pm: Deep Dive Sessions

How the University Innovation Alliance is Accelerating the Spread of Next Generation University Ideas

Bridget Burns
Executive Director, University Innovation Alliance

Where Are They Now: Next Generation Universities in Action


Bridget Burns
Executive Director, University Innovation Alliance


Michael M. Crow
President, Arizona State University

Mark P. Becker
President, Georgia State University

John C. Hitt
President, University of Central Florida

Steven Leath
President, Iowa State University

What's Next: A Next Generation University’s Contribution to the Field

Tim Renick
Vice Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Georgia State University

3:00 pm: Conclusion