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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

The Uncertain Future of American Higher Education

Week 4: July 29-August 4, 2018

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The Walter and Susan Schenker course in the Humanities/Creative Arts

Higher education in the United States is facing a crisis of confidence among Americans who question its value, its fairness, its cost. This course will provide an insider's view of the academic, social, and financial practices of campuses across the nation and of the hot-button issues they face. Leading our exploration will be Glenn Altschuler, dean of the School of Continuing Education. Guest speakers will include high-level administrators at Cornell and elsewhere, such as Cornell Provost Mike Kotlikoff, Hamilton College President David Wippman, and University of Florida President Kent Fuchs.

Among the subjects we will probe are research and who pays for it; teaching and who does it; admissions and Affirmative Action; free speech and hate speech; and tenure and academic freedom. In addition, we will learn about tuition, financial aid, and student debt; fraternities and hazing; operating budgets, revenue streams, and endowments. We'll ask, "Is the current financial model sustainable?" Join this conversation about a subject that affects us all.

Glenn C. Altschuler

Glenn C. Altschuler is dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He received his PhD in American history from Cornell in 1976 and has... > more


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.