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Recent Challenges Facing American Universities

The changes in federal policies and practices have brought unprecedented challenges to higher education. Chancellor of Univ. of Massachusetts, Prof. Kumble Subbawamy will summarise the issues and how colleges and universities are coping.

Date: February 17, 2018 (Saturday)
Venue: Please see Details Below, Bengaluru
Schedule: 17th February 2018 from 6.15pm to 9.00pm

Recent Challenges Facing American Universities

The changes in long standing federal policies and practices since the last presidential election have brought unprecedented challenges to higher education institutions in the U.S. along with society at large. From immigration policies to attacks on academic freedom, to attitude toward science in general, universities are in the middle of political tussles. In addition, the renewed and sustained efforts to expose and combat ubiquitous sexual harassment climate in all sectors of society are also being played out in universities. The skyrocketing cost of a college degree is leading many to question the assumption of universal higher education for all. I will summarize these issues and how colleges and universities are coping.

About the Speaker

Kumble R. Subbaswamy became Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in July 2012. During his tenure, the campus has improved across all key indicators and climbed in the national rankings faster and higher than any other public research university in the United States. He has enacted a comprehensive, campus-wide strategic planning process and overseen the opening of cutting-edge facilities, including the Institute for Applied Life Sciences with a $95 million investment from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. He also oversaw completion of UMass Rising, which surpassed its $300-million goal to become the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Massachusetts public higher education. With all major metrics at the university improving, the campus is now ranked among the top 30 public universities from more than 700 public, four-year universities and colleges in the
United States.

Before coming to Amherst, Chancellor Subbaswamy served for six years as provost at the University of Kentucky. A physicist by training, he joined Kentucky’s faculty in 1978 after serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine. During his first 18 years at the University of Kentucky, he served as associate dean of arts and sciences and as chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Chancellor Subbaswamy is an elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is a member of the Board of Higher Education and Workforce of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and of the Board of Directors for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Bangalore University, a master’s in physics from Delhi University, and a Ph.D. in physics from Indiana University. He is author or coauthor of over 60 publications, including the monograph “Local Density Theory of Polarizability.”

6.15pm to 7.00pm – Registration, Networking and high tea
7.15pm to 8.30pm – Interactive session
8.30pm to 8.40pm – Vote of thanks

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