Quillen Joins U.S. Secretary of Education, College Leaders to Discuss the Future of Higher Ed

On Monday College President Carol Quillen joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other college leaders at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to discuss the future of the higher education system in America. She was one of seven panelists invited to participate in the discussion, which followed Duncan's speech on the topic.

In his speech, Duncan addressed the ways in which the Department of Education can help ensure access to affordable, high-quality college degrees for all Americans. After sharing his vision for higher education, he moderated the panel discussion that highlighted innovative approaches different institutions–like Davidson–are taking to increase access to higher education, affordability of that education, and student success within higher education. The panelists were:

  • Chancellor of Louisiana State University F. King Alexander
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski
  • LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow
  • Davidson College President Carol Quillen
  • Northern Virginia Community College President Scott Rawls
  • Morgan State University President David Wilson
  • State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

"What higher ed is now being asked to do by the country is actually different and more broad than it has been in the past," Quillen said in an interview with Politico Monday. "We're being asked to ensure equal educational opportunity for all. And that hasn't been explicitly a part of our mission before - and I think it is now."

You can watch the video below for highlights of Pres. Quillen or watch the full-length video (48:55) on Youtube.


Media Coverage

Baltimore Sun: "At UMBC, Duncan and College Leaders Discuss Visions for Higher Education"
The Washington Post: "Duncan: Colleges are falling short for millions of students. Debt-free degrees are just part of the solution."
Inside Higher Ed: "Obama's Higher Ed Home Stretch"


  • July 27, 2015