Panel to Discuss Rising Costs of a College Education

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host a panel of experts discussing the "Rising Costs of Higher Education" on March 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Shepherd Union Ballroom B. 

The panel will include Troy Justesen, former under-secretary of education during George W. Bush's administration, Brad King, vice president for institutional advancement and student services at the College of Eastern Utah, Andrea Rorrer, director of the Utah Education Policy Center, Phyllis Safman, assistant commissioner for academic affairs for the Utah Board of Regents, and Ruth Patiño Stubbs, director for education access and outreach programs at WSU.

During the panel presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the increasing costs of a college education and potential public policy responses.

The event is part of the national American Democracy Project's Deliberative Democracy Day. In preparation for the day's events, hundreds of WSU students responded to a survey focusing on the costs of higher education. Prior to the panel presentation on March 10, the students will meet in small groups to discuss policy issues surrounding the costs of attending college.

According to its Web site, the American Democracy Project is a "multi-campus initiative focused on higher education's role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens. The project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, in partnership with the New York Times." 

The panel presentation is free to the public. For more information about WSU's Deliberative Democracy Day, visit

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