Stephens-Otterson Lecture

  • Venue:
    Trinity United Methodist Church Evansville
  • Start:
    October 14, 2018 — 2:00 pm
  • End:
    October 14, 2018 — 4:00 pm
  • Address:
    216 SE Third St.
    Evansville , IN, 47713

Higher Education: America’s Troubled Dream Machine

Linda Bennett, Ph.D.

The American higher-education system stands among the most diverse and complex systems in the world. The 19th and 20th centuries brought rapid growth and increasing access for more and more Americans; indeed, for many of us, this educational system helped make possible dreams of social mobility. Yet, in the 21st century, we see many challenges to the system and critiques that it is broken.

Using Frank Bruni’s book Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be as a foundation, Dr. Bennett will address the trends Bruni outlines, particularly what he describes as the mismatch between public perception and reality about quality in American colleges. Behind Bruni’s observations lie challenging demographic, political, and cultural changes rocking the foundations of higher-education institutions.

What do we see ahead for American higher education? Perhaps some of the most challenging and exciting years of its existence.

After serving as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs since 2003, Dr. Linda Bennett became the third president of the University of Southern Indiana in 2009. Her recent retirement in June 2018 allows more time for scholarship interests–from public opinion about American politics to issues in higher education.