Mapping Higher Education's Future After the Election

National Association of Scholars

The ongoing election portends dramatic changes for American higher education. Enrollments are down; faculty employment is in steep decline; new faculty hires are cratering; and colleges are signaling a dire year in 2021. Many colleges and universities are holding out hope for a large federal bailout.

On November 12th, the National Association of Scholars will convene a group of scholars and experts to focus on the linked political and financial crises of higher education, what policy we may expect from the incoming administration, and what education reformers should aim to achieve both in short-term practical goals and long-term strategic goals.

The conference will address higher education's financial crisis, its commitment to liberty and intellectual pluralism, and select topics of pressing national importance including The 1619 Project, Confucius Institutes, California's recent push for racial discrimination in higher ed admissions, and multiculturalism.

Mapping Higher Education's Future After the Election

Thursday, November 12, 2020
12 PM to 6 PM ET


12 pm - 12:10 pm : Introduction (Peter Wood)

12:15 pm - 1 pm: Opening Speech: Finances (Rich Vedder)

1:10 pm – 2:25 pm: Panel 1: National Interest

  • The 1619 Project (Peter Wood)
  • ACA-5 (Gail Heriot)
  • Confucius Institutes (Rachelle Peterson)
  • Moderator (David Randall)

2:35 pm – 3:20 pm: Middle Speech: Cancel Culture (Bruce Gilley)

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm: Panel 2 – Institutional Perspectives

  • Administrative Perspectives (Gerson Moreno-Riaño)
  • Department of Education Perspectives (Adam Kissel)
  • Faculty Perspectives (Amy Wax)
  • Moderator (David Randall)

5 pm: Conclusion (Keith Whitaker)


This event will feature Portland State University Professor of Political Science, Bruce Gilley; University of San Diego Law School Professor of Law, Gail Heriot; Cardinal Institute Senior Fellow, Adam Kissel; Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Regent University, Gerson Moreno-Riaño; NAS Senior Research Fellow, Rachelle Peterson; Independent Institute Senior Fellow, NAS Member of the Board, and Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University, Richard Vedder; NAS Chairman of the Board of Directors, Keith Whitaker; and NAS President, Peter W. Wood.

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