Media Advisory: UCI Law Presents Symposium on Higher Education Access


IRVINE, Calif. — The University of California, Irvine School of Law will host the “Symposium on Higher Education Access” on Friday, September 25, 2015, from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a keynote by the Hon. Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.

WHAT: This symposium brings together leading scholars of education law and policy, as well as experts on the workings and effects of financial aid and selective admissions, to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the continuing crisis in higher education — and to suggest a way forward.

As popular concern mounts over college costs and student indebtedness, and as we mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Higher Education Act of 1965, panelists will address such questions as:

  • How should we think about the complex system of financial aid that provides access to millions of students, even as it hobbles some of them?
  • What should be the basis for determining how to fill scarce spots at the most selective colleges and universities, where members of elite faculties train students to work with the most sophisticated resources?
  • What should state and local governments’ role — and goal — be?

WHERE: UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1131 (map and directions)

WHEN: Friday, September 25, 2015, 8:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Visit the event page to access the full symposium schedule. Highlights include:

9:00 a.m. Keynote

10:15 a.m. Panel 1: New Perspectives on Financial Obstacles to Access

12:30 p.m. Plenary Discussion: Random Thoughts on College Residency, International Students, and Postsecondary Finance

1:30 p.m. Panel 2: Rethinking Merit in the Selective Admissions Process

3:00 p.m. Panel 3: Past, Present and Future Goals of Federal Higher Education Policy

WHO: California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu will deliver the keynote address. Other speakers include:

  • 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

MEDIA CONTACT: Media planning to attend the event should contact Colleen Taricani, UCI Law Assistant Dean for Communications, at (949) 824-3063 or

REGISTER: Visit the event page to reserve a seat; space is limited, and this event is expected to sell out.

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