College Admission 2025:  Embracing the Future

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January 21-23, 2015   Los Angeles, CA

Nearly 200 participants from around the US and abroad came together for the 2015 conference, College Admissions 2025: Embracing the Future. Together, we forecast the future of college admissions and explored a future in which state and national borders are permeable, degrees are blended, a non-White US population emerges, existing technology becomes obsolete, and outcomes are the key indicators. The following questions guided the discussion:

  • How will admission policy and practice change?
  • How can we prepare for what we know and what we may not know about the future?
  • What will be the emerging roles of institutions, governments, and entrepreneurs?


2015 Conference Program

Media Coverage

Presentations and Sessions

Please click on each day for the conference blog. All available presentations are posted as PDFs.

Day 1

  • Diversity as a Strategic Advantage
    • Dr. Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University)

Day 2

  • The Federal Role: College Ratings, Gainful Employment, and Student Aid
    • Dr. Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, US Department of Education
  • On Demographics, Education Consortia, and State Policy
    • Dr. David Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE))
  • The Common Core and Higher Education
    • Dr. Michael Kirst, President, California State Board of Education; Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration, Stanford University
  • International and Global Education and Student Mobility
    • Dr. Tristian Stobie, Director, Education, Cambridge International Examinations
    • Mr. Drew Deutsch, Director, International Baccalaureate Americas
    • Mr. Clay Hensley, Senior Director, International Strategy & Outreach, The College Board
  • The Age of the Transfer Student
    • Dr. Stephen Handel, Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Admissions, University of California
    • Dr. Janet L. Marling, Executive Director, National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS), University of North Georgia
    • Dr. Frank Chong, Superintendent/President, Santa Rosa Junior College
  • The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
    • Dr. John Brooks Slaughter, Professor of Education, USC Rossier School Of Education; Professor of Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Day 3

  • Edutopia: A Vision for the Future
    • Dr. Steve Arnold, Vice Chairman/CFO, Edutopia: The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Entrepreneurs, Vendors, and College Admissions: What the Future Holds
    • Mr. Tom Dretler, CEO, Shorelight Education
    • Ms. Anne Dwane, CBO, Chegg
    • Mr. Stephen Smith, President, Advising & Admissions Solutions, Hobsons; Co-Founder and CEO, Naviance

Reading and Additional Resources

Diversity as a Strategic Advantage

The Common Core and Higher Education   

Age of the Transfer Student

The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Edutopia: A Vision for the Future

Entrepreneurs, Vendors, and College Admissions


We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our partners who sponsored the College Admission 2025 conference: