Past Program

Oct 11 - Oct 16, 2014

Students at the Margins and the Institutions that Serve Them: A Global Perspective


One of the fundamental responsibilities of higher education is to provide open and equal opportunities for students to learn, succeed, and positively contribute to their local,  national, and global societies. Great strides are being made in increasing educational access, retention completion, and success, yet there is still work to be done particularly for students from disadvantaged or marginalized groups. Unprecedented shifts in migration patterns are causing demographic changes around the world. Additionally,  governments, societies, and higher education institutions are increasingly recognizing the need and responsibility to create legal and institutional frameworks for providing more and better opportunities for people from historically marginalized groups to gain access and achieve success at the university level.

From South Africa’s “Historically Disadvantaged Institutions,” to Brazil’s “Law of Social Quotas,” and a long tradition of “Minority Serving Institutions” in the United States, just to name a few, higher education institutions committed to providing educational opportunities for local communities marginalized along ethnic, racial, religious or other lines can be found on every continent. What’s more, in light of shifting demographics and the growing focus on educational opportunity and access, increasing numbers of colleges and universities will be serving students from marginalized groups. For too long, institutions serving students at the margins have operated in a vacuum, failing to collaborate across institutional types and across nations. This Salzburg session will bring together leaders from institutions serving marginalized populations with policy makers and researchers to develop a platform for finding solutions to these institutions’ common challenges and capitalizing on their strengths.

This program is being designed and implemented in partnership with the recently launched Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and with Educational Testing Service. From 2010 to 2012, Salzburg Global and Educational Testing Service collaborated on a series of sessions on “Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide.”

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Session Contributors, Speakers and Panelists

Graeme Atherton
Head, AccessHE, UK
Nelson Bowman
Executive Director of Development, Prairie View A&M University, USA
Stella Flores-Montgomery
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Catherine Millett
Senior Research Scientist, ETS Policy Evaluation & Research Center, United States
Bill Moses
Managing Director, Education, The Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI
Susana Muñoz
Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
William New
Professor of Education and Youth Studies, Beloit College, USA
Betty Overton-Adkins
Clinical Professor, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, Director, National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, School of Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Marcelo Paixão
Professor of Economics & Sociology, Federal University de Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (invited)
Venitha Pillay
Associate Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Zena Richards
Director: Student Equity and Talent Management Unit & Educational Psychologist, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Suellen Butler Shay
Dean, Centre for Higher Education Developemnt, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
Ita Sheehy
Senior Education Officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland
Michael Sorrell
President, Paul Quinn College, Dallas, TX
Mary Tupan Wenno
Executive Director, ECHO, the Hague; President, European Access Network (EAN), London



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