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President Ainlay discusses future of undergraduate education



President Stephen C. Ainlay was the final speaker at Loyola University Maryland’s “The Future of Higher Education” lecture series.

President Ainlay spoke March 11 to faculty, students and administrators at the Jesuit Catholic University about the challenges facing higher education, especially residential colleges committed to liberal education.

Among the issues President Ainlay touched on were the rising cost of higher education and the need to articulate a value proposition; the impact of changing demographics on enrollment; and whether the residential college or university is based on an unsustainable business model.

The respondent was Diana Schaub, professor of political science at Loyola.

Sponsored by the president's office, the office of academic affairs, the office of administration, and the Center for the Humanities, the series is designed to reflect on Loyola and its place in the overall higher education landscape.

Other speakers in the series represented Notre Dame, Boston College and Fordham University.

Since fall 2012, President Ainlay has been a member of Loyola’s Board of Trustees.