The Future Is Calling and Universities Better Figure Out How to Answer

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and ASU President Michael Crow Discuss the Merits of Online Classes, Hands-On Learning, and Access for Anyone Who Wants a College Degree

What if you could learn to sing like Maria Callas, theorize like Stephen Hawking, and, at the same time, become fluent in Russian and French? What if you could accomplish all that in just three years? Impossible, right?

Not if Arizona State University President Michael Crow has his way. At a Zócalo event moderated by Sacramento Bee publisher Cheryl Dell, Crow and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom shared their ideas about higher education’s evolution into the future, and what it will take to keep up with an ever-shrinking world and ever-growing technological capabilities.

In front of the sizeable crowd at Sacramento’s Tsakopoulos Library Galleria Monday night, Crow and Newsom talked about the importance of instilling young people with a love of lifelong learning, and the responsibility to reach out to a greater variety and breadth of students from across income levels and …

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