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Higher education – a conversation determined by you (SoCal Solutions)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm RSVP for this event
Tateuchi Democracy Forum Japanese American National Museum 100 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012 Map and directions

A college degree has become essential for upward mobility, but many say our public schools aren’t doing enough to prepare students for college. At the same time, colleges are struggling to keep up with the ever-shifting trends in the job market. On top of that, California isn’t keeping up with its residents’ growing demand for higher education. The state’s failure to open up enough seats for the growing number of qualified high school graduates has forced public universities to turn away thousands of potential students. Many who are accepted find that the cost is prohibitive. Most of those who do graduate do so with tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

How should we address the issues of higher education quality, access and affordability? What questions do you have for state lawmakers who hold the purse strings? What discussion do you think we should be having about higher education?

KPCC In Person set the time and place for this event. The rest was up to you. When it comes to higher education, you let us know what matters most to you. We collected your questions and opened it up to a vote. Your fellow community members selected the following focus for the conversation: “I'd like to know how/why the TOTAL cost of college got so high and what we can do about it to bring the cost down.”

We now invite you to join KPCC In Person, The National Center for the Preservation for Democracy and KPCC’s Education Correspondent Adolfo Guzman-Lopez on Wednesday, April 10, at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles to discuss this important matter.


This event is presented in partnership with The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.


Supporters of KPCC’s higher education coverage include: The Angell Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, The Moss Foundation, Squid & Squash Foundation