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College 2.0: Upgrading Higher Education to End Student Debt

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
12:302 p.m.


CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South , 1113
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Christopher LoCascio returns to the UCR School of Public Policy to discuss a landmark solution to student debt and the long path innovative policy takes to actually making a difference. He will tell the story of his six-year journey from student activist to author of College 2.0: Upgrading Higher Ed to End Student Debt, a revolutionary new model for funding higher education without putting a single student in debt. In the process, LoCascio will describe the paths students can take to having an impact today and the ways they can build careers solving problems and improving lives.

America’s student debt has surpassed $1.3 trillion, affecting 7 out of every 10 college-goers. How can we solve a generation-defining problem that worsens each year? The answer involves creative thinking and the ambition of students themselves.

Christopher LoCascio is executive director of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Foundation for Innovation and Creative Solutions (FICS America) and author of College 2.0: Upgrading Higher Ed to End Student Debt. LoCasciobegan his public policy work in 2011 while serving as the editor-in-chief of the Highlander newspaper at the University of California, Riverside. It was there that he founded the student group Fix UC and wrote the Fix UC Student Investment Proposal, a plan that redesigned the University of California's funding model and influenced the national higher education policy landscape. Upon graduating in 2014, LoCascio founded FICS America with the goal of continuing Fix UC's work to solve the student debt crisis on the national level.


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