Public Engagement

General Public

Tough Calculations: What is a College Worth?

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Choosing the right college has never been easy. But today the stakes feel higher than ever. College cost and debt are rising. Many schools have poor graduation rates or do little to help students find jobs. And the economy is changing at a breakneck pace. How can students and families decide which institution will offer the greatest return for their hard-earned tuition dollars?

Join the Center for New York City Affairs for a discussion on the latest tools for calculating the true value of a school. What factors should students consider in developing a college list? Are on-line sites and rankings helpful? And how can all of this information be used to make our higher education system more responsive to the needs of students?

Keynote Presentation by Kaitlin Mulhere, special projects and college rankings editor, Money Magazine

Kaitlin Mulhere will then join in a discussion with:

  • David Helene, co-founder of Edquity, an on-line college financial planning tool

  • Khushboo Jamal, Brooklyn College graduate & CUNY Tech Fellow

  • Angie Kamath, university dean for continuing education and workforce development, CUNY

  • Sonia Szymanski, co-director of college inquiry, College Access: Research and Action (CARA)

    Moderated by Kim Nauer, education research director, Center for New York City Affairs, The New School

Presented by the Center for NYC Affairs. 

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Center for New York City Affairs


Cities and Urbanism, Education and Learning


Education, Schools and Universities




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Getting Here

Detailed Directions

By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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