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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

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Friday, September 28 • 8:30am - 9:30am
The Economics of Higher Ed

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The price vs. cost vs. value debate is alive and well: Who should pay, how much is too much and is the money well spent?

Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas and supported by Austin Community College and Texas Exes

Moderators
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Shannon Najmabadi

Higher Education Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Najmabadi reports on higher education for the Tribune, where she started as a fellow in 2017. Previously, she reported for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where she covered the gender equity law Title IX, fallout from an executive order on immigration and a federal loan forgiveness... Read More →

Speakers
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Robert Duncan

Former Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System
Duncan served as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System from 2014 to August 2018. Previously, he spent 18 years in the Texas Senate, where he served as chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee and as president pro tempore. Duncan also served in the Texas House and was... Read More →
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Brian McCall

Chancellor of the Texas State University System
McCall has been the Texas State University System chancellor since 2010. Previously, he served in the Texas House, representing parts of North Dallas, Frisco, Allen and Plano. He also served as chairman of the House Calendars and Ways & Means committees and as a member of the House... Read More →
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Diana Natalicio

President of the University of Texas at El Paso
Natalicio has served as president of the University of Texas at El Paso since 1988. She previously served as vice president for academic affairs, dean of liberal arts and chair of the modern language department. Natalicio has served on the board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the... Read More →
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Royce West

State Senator, D-Dallas
West, D-Dallas, has represented Senate District 23 since 1993. He serves as vice-chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and sits on the Administration and Finance committees. Additionally, West has been appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial... Read More →
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Michael K. Young

President of Texas A&M University
Young has served as president of Texas A&M University since 2015. Prior to joining A&M, he served as president and professor of law at the University of Washington and the University of Utah. Young has also worked as a professor at George Washington University Law School and Columbia... Read More →