Texas 2036 CEO Margaret Spellings Underscores the Importance of Higher Education at UTEP Centennial Lecture

Margaret Spellings, CEO of Texas 2036, visited The University of Texas at El Paso to deliver a Centennial Lecture on the topic “The Future of Higher Education” on Feb. 18, 2020, at the Undergraduate Learning Center.

UTEP College of Education Dean Clifton Tanabe, Ph.D., joined Spellings, the former U.S. Secretary of Education and former president of the University of North Carolina, to discuss the importance of affordable and effective institutions and address the public perception of higher education in the United States.

Spellings’ comments about approaching higher education from the perspective of affordability, accountability, and how efficiently K-12 students are connected to colleges were especially pertinent as the University begins the process to develop a new strategic plan.