Economics and Affordability

Tuesday, April 10, 9-10:30 a.m.

There is widespread recognition that the economic model of escalating tuition and ever-increasing philanthropic support for innovation, improved quality, and mission expansion is not sustainable as the cost of college becomes increasingly out of reach for the American middle class.  College pricing, financial aid, and budgetary management are undergoing significant transformation, and the resulting impact on mission remains unclear. These issues are among the most vexing and of greatest concern as we seek to realize our core mission in the coming years. Bold and original thinking, along with better communication on these issues will be essential.

Catharine Bond Hill
President, Vassar College

Catharine Bond Hill became the 10th president of Vassar College in July 2006. She is a noted economist whose work focuses on higher education affordability and access, as well as on economic development and reform in Africa. For the previous seven years, Hill was the provost of Williams College. [more]



Jill Tiefenthaler
President, Colorado College

Jill Tiefenthaler became Colorado College’s 13th president on July 1, 2011. She was previously provost and professor of economics at Wake Forest University. Prior to joining Wake Forest, Tiefenthaler taught economics at Colgate University, where she chaired the economics department and then served as associate dean of the faculty. [more]



Suzanne P. Welsh
Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Swarthmore College

Suzanne P. Welsh has been vice president for finance and treasurer of Swarthmore College since 2002. She joined the College in 1983 and was named treasurer in 1989. Prior to joining Swarthmore, she spent six years in corporate finance and accounting with a Fortune 500 company. [more]