Purdue official to join national panel to discuss future of higher ed

March 29, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Affordability, market pressures and student success are just some of the issues that a Purdue University admissions official will discuss on Thursday (March 31) as part of a higher education panel in Washington, D.C.

Pamela T. Horne, associate vice provost for enrollment management and dean of admissions, will participate in "The Future of Higher Education: College Choice and the Global Race to Out-Innovate, Out-Perform and Out-Build," from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Newseum. The event is organized by Arizona State University, and a webcast will be available the week of April 4 at http://www.asu.edu/higheredfuture.

"These are critical issues that higher education officials face every day, and this is a great opportunity for us to share with the public what this means for the future of higher education," Horne said. "American universities are still widely recognized as the best in the world, but we can't be complacent as other nations are investing in higher education infrastructure. There are many things we can do to avoid being left behind. For example, at Purdue we focus on student success, and that begins with making sure students are prepared academically before they step on campus. Aspiration without preparation is a false promise."

Additional topics that will be discussed include higher education and online learning, graduation rates and funding sources.

Other panelists are Douglas L. Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions from Vanderbilt University; Mark Jacobs, dean of Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University; Mary Ann Rankin, dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin; and Joyce E. Smith, chief executive officer of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Martha J. Kanter, undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Education, will provide opening remarks, and the panel will be moderated by Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University. This event is part of Arizona State University's Great Challenges series that has included the topics of public education, sustainability and health care.

Horne serves as president of the Association of Chief Admissions Officers of Public Universities and in 2011 was elected a trustee of the College Board. She also is part of the National Association for College Admission Counseling's U.S.News & World Report Advisory Committee and American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers' Public Policy Advisory Committee.

In 2010 U.S.News & World Report highlighted Purdue's first-year experience groups, internships, study abroad and writing in the disciplines. Purdue also was tied for 12th nationally in a ranking of universities cited by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans as having an "unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching." 

Writer:  Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source:  Pamela T. Horne, 765-494-7014, pamhorne@purdue.edu