Mellon Foundation President William Bowen, an expert in admissions and the economics of higher education, will head a panel discussion, “Extending Opportunity in Higher Education,” at New York University on Thurs., Dec. 8, at 4:30 p.m. (Jurow Lecture Hall, 101 Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East). Former Macalaster College President Michael McPherson will respond. Other panelists will include NYU Sociologist Dalton Conley, author of The Pecking Order: Which Siblings Succeed and Why (2004) and Wealth and Poverty: A Reader (2004), and Bridget Terry Long, an associate professor of economics and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Reporters interested in attending the event must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy is directed by Ann Marcus, professor of higher education at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education.

  • WHAT: Panel-“Extending Opportunity in Higher Education”
  • WHO: William Bowen, president, Mellon Foundation; Michael McPherson, president, Spencer Foundation, former president, Macalaster College; NYU Sociologist Dalton Conley; Harvard Economics and Education Professor Bridget Terry Long
  • WHEN: Thurs., Dec. 8, 4:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: NYU’s Jurow Lecture Hall, 101 Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East [at Washington Place]

The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy seeks to raise public awareness about the essential roles of colleges and universities in modern societies. The Institute supports research and sustained dialogue to enhance understanding of higher education as an institution that both reflects and influences social, cultural, racial, and economic difference. The Institute’s programs encourage collaborative relationships among scholars, institutional leaders and policy makers and are informed by the commitment to the ideal of the university as an institution that advances the public interest.

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