Parthenon-EY Forum on Higher Education – Sept 26

The USC Emeriti Center, in Partnership with USC Retiree, Emeritus Professor and former Dean of the Rossier School of Education, Gib Hentschke, presents:

The Parthenon-EY Education Forum on Higher Education

Tuesday, September 26th

Amy King Dundon-Berchtold University Club of USC, Scriptorium

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

This is a partnership with USC retiree, Emeritus Professor, and former Dean of the Rossier school of Education, Gib Hentschke.

The event will begin with an introduction from USC President C.L. Max Nikias, followed by two panels (see program), a reception, and an optional tour of USC Village. Attendance is free but requires advance registration. Please send an email to with your name and contact information.

Theme: “Fulfilling the promise of higher education for students across all income levels: Innovations in affordability, successful completion, and employment.”

Much has been made in the popular press regarding the lack of affordability and access to higher education, even calling into question the value of a college degree for some. While students from families at the higher end of the income spectrum do indeed benefit from higher education, those from families in the bottom 50% of the income spectrum have a harder time gaining access to quality higher education, succeeding once enrolled, and ultimately embarking on a rewarding career. The sector has reacted to these issues by creating offerings designed to improve affordability and access to education, such as bootcamps, competency based learning, MOOCs, and more. But those who partake in these alternative credentials tend to be experienced, not new, higher education students, who stack new credentials on top of existing degrees. Are the higher education opportunities for low income families fundamentally improving or diminishing? Our forum will discuss innovative practices that have the most promise to improve affordability and access to those most in need of the value higher education can provide.

Panel One: Factors and forces affecting “the promise”

Moderator: Dave Hoverman, Managing Director, Parthenon-EY, Ernst & Young LLP


  • Kathy Booth, Senior Research Associate, WestEd
  • Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, Vice Provost, Enrollment Management, UCLA
  • Ryan M. Cornner, Vice Chancellor, Educational Programs and institutional Effectiveness, Los Angeles Community College District
  • Shaun R. Harper, Professor and Executive Director, USC Race & Equity Center
  • Michele Siqueiros, President, The Campaign for College Opportunity

Panel Two: Institutional strategies affecting “the promise”

Moderator: Barry munitz, Chancellor Emeritus, California State University and President/CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust


  • David Andrews, President, National University
  • William Covino, President, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Laurence Frank, President, Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Devorah Lieberman, President, University of La Verne
  • Timothy Law Snyder, President, Loyola Marymount University



3:00 p.m. | Registration, refreshments and networking

3:30 p.m. | Introduction and welcome by President Nikias

3:45 p.m. | Panel one: Factors and forces affecting “the promise”

4:45 p.m. | Break

5:00 p.m. | Panel two: Institutional strategies affecting “the promise”

6:00 p.m. | Light beverages, heavy hors d’oeuvres and networking

6:45 p.m. | (Optional) Tour of newly opened University Village


RSVP: to register for this event, please send an email to with your name and contact information.