Public Affairs, The California State University

CSU Dominguez Hills Hosts National Forum

by Elizabeth Chapin

U.S. Department of Education Open Forum

CSU Dominguez Hills was one of four universities selected by the U.S. Department of Education to host a public hearing on President Obama’s College Affordability Initiative. The Nov. 6 event provided an opportunity to gather public input about the Obama Administration’s proposals to make college more affordable.

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, U.S. Deputy Under Secretary for Education Jamienne Studley, and policy adviser David Soo heard feedback from dozens of stakeholders including CSU students, faculty and leaders.

Under Secretary Kanter in Student Leader roundtable discussionAfter the forum, Kanter hosted a special roundtable discussion with student leaders from the CSU and several other universities. They discussed ways the Department of Education can further engage with students, particularly through financial education.

CSU Dominguez Hills President Willie J. Hagan said the campus was a fitting stage for the national forum.

“I believe that this campus is an appropriate venue for such a hearing, given our long history of access, affordability, and helping all students—including many disadvantaged students—achieve a quality college education,” Hagan said.

Obama’s plan to make college more affordable includes a ranking system based on access, affordability and outcome. Other proposals would award more financial aid to students at higher-rated colleges and create incentives for new cost-saving approaches, such as three-year bachelor’s degrees and online programs.

For more information about the proposals, open forums, town hall meetings and roundtables visit

A full video of the Nov. 6 forum at CSU Dominguez Hills is available here.