National Debate on Higher Education Comes to University of San Diego

The University of San Diego (USD) is hosting Andrew Delbanco, PhD, of Columbia University on Wednesday, April 29 to address the national debate surrounding the value of a college education, or perceived lack thereof.

Dr. Delbanco authored the award-winning book College: What it Was, Is and Should Be, and in it Dr. Delbanco offers a trenchant defense of the four-year college education, and warns that it is becoming a privilege reserved for the relatively rich. In describing what a true college education should be, he demonstrates why making it available to as many young people as possible remains central to our democratic promise.

As a liberal arts institution, the University of San Diego’s College of Arts and Sciences wants to spark conversations within its own community, and expects deans from neighboring institutions to attend as well.

“We are looking forward to fostering this critical conversation in San Diego,” said Noelle Norton, PhD, dean of USD’s College of Arts and Sciences. “It is a conversation that impacts all institutions of higher education, so we are excited that colleagues from other campuses are planning to join us.”

Event Details:
Wednesday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
Reception to follow

Email or call (619) 260-7446 with questions.

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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.