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Student Forum: Arenas, Brands, & Customers

November 07, 2012

Arenas, Brands, & Customers: Going Beyond the ABCs of Higher Education.

Lesar Law Auditorium, November 8, 7-8 p.m.

Going to college to get a degree is described as a common path for the youth of our society. However, do we consider what it means to be in college in terms of how we think about our time spent here? In this student-led forum, we ask:

  • What arenas do we participate in at a university? Should more space be opened for students' voices to be heard? How are student voices heard/not heard correctly?
  • How much investment should a university put into its "arenas" (i.e., athletics program), and what kind of investment?
  • What does it mean to have, or show, your "school spirit"? Do students have an obligation to show their "school spirit" in order to promote the University's brand? What does it mean for a University to have a "brand"?
  • What does it mean for a student, teacher, parent, administrator, or community member to be a consumer of higher education? How does or how might this affect the ways we teach and learn?
  • What is the value of higher education? Why do we pursue it? Is an education valuable if the knowledge skills gained do not translate directly into a career?
Students leading the discussion have been selected from auditions held in October; audience members will have the opportunity for response and participation as well. Punch and cookies will be served in the lobby for further informal discussion following the event.