2016 Academic Resource Conference (ARC)

Event Date: 
Wed, 04/06/2016 - 8:00am to Fri, 04/08/2016 - 1:00pm

Higher Ed’s Higher Purpose: Serving the Public Good 

April 06-08, 2016
Hyatt Regency Orange County
Garden Grove, CA

Sponsored by WASC Senior College and University Commission


Call for Proposals: August 2015 – October 2015

Registration opens in December 2015

There exists a widespread understanding that higher education in the United States represents both a private benefit and a public good. Increasingly, as the value of higher education has come under intense scrutiny, there is heightened interest in higher ed’s contributions to society. The 2016 Academic Resource Conference (ARC) calls upon WSCUC’s institutions to share, highlight, and reflect on their contributions to the public good – to make them visible, to reveal their social impact, and to appraise the effect higher education has on society as a whole through various kinds of academic programs, student experiences, scholarship and research, and community support and development. Join us for this important conversation about the value of higher education to society.

The 2016 ARC will explore such urgent questions as:

  • What are the different ways institutions contribute to the public good?
  • How is the public good served by the diversity of institutional types and missions?
  • How have the roles of and expectations for higher education on the part of the public changed in the past several years? What are the implications of such changes on our institutions?
  • How can the value of higher education above and beyond its private benefits be assessed and communicated to an increasingly concerned public? 
  • What opportunities or challenges does the changing ecology of higher education present to higher education’s contributions to the public good and to the development of a democratic society?

For more information, visit www.wascarc.org