Congressional Briefing on Higher Education

The Center’s recent congressional briefing on the history of higher education drew a large and engaged audience of staffers and other policy specialists.  Historians Patricia Graham (Harvard) and John Thelin (University of Kentucky) briefed the audience on the history of the Higher Education Act of 1965, changes and re-authorizations made to the act, and the long-term impact of the federal government’s involvement in higher learning.

You can view a recording of this event in C-SPAN’s video library.

“What Graham’s and Thelin’s remarks made clear is that the federal government has been instrumental in transforming higher education from the exclusive preserve of young white male elites to an instrument of social opportunity for Americans of all social classes, ethnicities, and genders.” Read Director Dane Kennedy’s recap, “How the Feds Reshaped Higher Education,” on AHA Today.