Ronald Ferguson - 2012 Annual Meeting

Addressing the American Challenge—Closing the Achievement Gap

Sponsored by the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) in collaboration with Academic Search, Inc.
There is no shortage of challenges facing American higher education, but from the oval office to the corner office, none are viewed as more urgent than closing the achievement gap. President Obama has called for “out-educating our competitors,” with a goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Implications of a persistent achievement gap resonate throughout American society, with concerns about global competitiveness, workforce needs and quality of life issues, including constraints on upward mobility. What strategies are needed to close the achievement gap and which ones are our institutions uniquely positioned to affect?

Presiding: Mickey L. Burnim, President, Bowie State University (Md.) and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors
Keynote Address: Ronald F. Ferguson, Senior Lecturer in Education and Public Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School, and Economist and Senior Research Associate, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy