Since the end of World War II, the United States has dramatically expanded access to a college education so that, today, approximately two out of every three Americans pursues a higher education. Still, many groups remain largely excluded, and even among those who do go, where a student starts college has become increasingly tied to their wealth and that of their families. How can we open up the promise of higher education to even the most marginalized citizens—and why is it important to the health of our democracy?
Rosalind BrewerCOO and Group President, Starbucks
Sean DecaturPresident, Kenyon College
Jody LewenExecutive Director, Prison University Project
Allan GolstonPresident, United States Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Joshua WynerExecutive Director, College Excellence Program, The Aspen Institute
Nancy CantorChancellor, Rutgers University
- 2016 Festival