• Ruth Simmons Event

Ruth Simmons

President, Brown University | April 2, 2008
Simmons decried the decline of governmental support for higher education.

Simmons discussed the impact a degrading relationship between government and higher education was having on the quality of education in the United States. She said, “The degree to which U.S. higher education has fueled upward social mobility and economic growth in the United States is a result really of a sustained period of positive coordination between these two sectors. But this is from all appearances under stress today, bringing with it the specter of the diminishing preeminence of U.S. higher education, just as major improvements and paradigm shifts in our once lagging higher education markets elsewhere in the world point to an increasing advantage for those competing economies.”

Excerpts from Event

“The pursuit of access to education for all social classes was crucial, really, in setting this country on the path to becoming one of the most dynamic and open societies in the world.” ~ Dr. Ruth Simmons, President of Brown University

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