The Changing Landscape of Higher Education: MOOCs, Money and the Future of Liberal Arts Education

Christopher Eisgruber, Princeton University

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 4:00pm
Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, with simulcasts in Robertson Hall Bowl 2 and McCosh 10
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Please join us for the Donald S. Bernstein '75 Lecture with Princeton Provost and President-Elect Christopher L. Eisgruber '83, to discuss "The Changing Landscape of Higher Education:  MOOCs, Money and the Future of Liberal Arts Education.

Stanford's president describes online education as a coming "tsunami."  For-profit colleges consume more than 25 percent of the federal financial aid budget. Federal and state budget deficits put pressure on university finances while student debt rises rapidly. Higher education is evolving more rapidly than at any time within recent memory, making the next decade pivotal to the future of liberal arts education in the United States. Princeton Provost and President- Elect  Christopher L. Eisgruber surveys the changes and analyzes what they mean for Princeton and American higher education more broadly.

Christopher L. Eisgruber became the Provost of Princeton University on July 1, 2004. He is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values. From 2001 through June 2004, he served as Director of Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs. He is the author of The Next Justice:  Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process (Princeton University Press, 2007) and Constitutional Self-Government (Harvard University Press, 2001), and the co-author, with Lawrence G. Sager, of Religious Freedom and the Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2007).  He has also published numerous articles on constitutional law, religious freedom, and jurisprudence. Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2001, he clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court, and then served for eleven years on the faculty of the New York University School of Law. Eisgruber received an A.B. magna cum laude in Physics from Princeton, an M. Litt. in Politics from Oxford University (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of the American Law Institute.  Eisgruber was named the 20th president of Princeton University on April 21, 2013.

The Bernstein Lecture, started in 2005 through the generosity of Donald S. Bernstein '75, brings a significant legal scholar to campus each year.  Previous Bernstein Lecturers include Judge Richard Posner (2005), Kenneth Roth (2006), Robert C. Post (2007), Cass R. Sunstein (2008),Israeli Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch (2009), Jack M. Balkin (2010), and Yochai Benkler (2011).