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Suzanne Mettler and Higher Education

Presented By: Suzanne Mettler, Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department, Cornell University
When Jan 22, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 102 Paterno Library - Foster Auditorium
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When it comes to discussions about rising college costs, attention is often directed squarely at college and university leaders, but federal and state policymakers also play an enormous role in providing individuals with the ability to afford college. In recent decades policymakers have abdicated their responsibility for ensuring an affordable, accountable and high quality postsecondary system of higher education in the U.S., slowly dismantling a legacy in which earlier generations of lawmakers made higher education a pillar of the nation’s economic, social and civic foundation. How and why has this failure of public duty taken place? And what specific actions can Americans take to encourage a renewal of political leadership in stewarding American higher education?


Suzanne Mettler is the Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University. She is the author of Degrees of Inequality: How Higher Education Politics Sabotaged the American Dream (Basic Books, 2014); The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Programs Undermine American Democracy (University of Chicago, 2011); Dividing Citizens: Gender and Federalism In New Deal Public Policy (Cornell, 1998), which was awarded the Kammerer Award of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the best book on US national policy and the Martha Derthick Award for a book that has made an enduring contribution to the study of federalism; and Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation (Oxford University Press, 2005), which was also awarded the Kammerer Award as well as the J. David Greenstone prize of the Politics and History section of the APSA.  Mettler has also published in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Studies in American Political Development, and Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law, and in other scholarly journals and edited volumes, as well as op-eds in the New York Times and LA Times, and essays in The Washington Monthly and Salon. She serves on the national steering committee of the Scholars Strategy Network

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