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Symposium on

Higher Education Access

Friday, September 25, 2015
  8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
UC Irvine School of Law (Map)

The financial benefits of a college degree continue to grow, contributing to a widening gap between graduates and those who are not graduates. Yet the cost of college continues also to rise, and with it, the prospect of a life-altering student debt burden. Some students will be winners, graduating from elite institutions with the world as their oyster, while others, struggling financially, will question whether college is worth the price.

This timely event, coming at once as popular concern mounts over college costs and student indebtedness, as candidates seeking the nation's highest office compete to offer solutions, and as we mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Higher Education Act of 1965, brings together leading scholars of education law and policy and experts on the workings and effects of financial aid and selective admissions to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the latest, continuing crisis in higher education, and to suggest a way forward.

Keynote Speaker
Associate Justice Goodwin Liu, California Supreme Court

Bryant Garth, UCI Law
Jonathan Glater, UCI Law
Michael A. Olivas, University of Houston Law Center

Featured Speakers
Sandy Baum, George Washington University
Graduate School of Education & Human Development
Deborah Bial, The Posse Foundation
James Ming Chen, Michigan State University College of Law
Osamudia James, University of Miami School of Law
William Kidder, University of California, Riverside
David F. Labaree, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Rachel F. Moran, UCLA School of Law
Eileen O’Leary, Stonehill College and National Association of
Student Financial Aid Administrators
Michael A. Olivas, University of Houston Law Center
Michael Simkovic, Seton Hall University School of Law
Kimberly West-Faulcon, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

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