For many high school seniors throughout the nation, college is something to look forward to. This next step in the road to adulthood has become intimidating to some, particularly in recent years due to economical challenges and harsh eligibility requirements. Growth in American technology has done a great deal to improve our fast-paced lifestyles, but it also may be a cause of the new challenges youth face when trying to succeed in college and beyond. Employers now look not only into whether or not a hopeful future employee has gone to college, but also into what college they went to and what degrees that they received.

Baylor University. Courtesy of

Baylor University. Courtesy of

On May 18th, the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria is hosting a discussion on American Universities and what citizens can do to make them more accessible to our youth. The discussion should provide people with more knowledge of higher education and the problems hopeful students face when trying to enroll in American Universities.

The event is free and open to the public. Joining the discussion will be California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow. As well as being an advocate for higher education, Crow is also the co-author of ‘Designing the New American University’.

According to a data chart on, prices for undergraduate tuition, room, and board at public institutions rose 40% between the 2001-02 school year and the 2011-12 school year. The same chart showed that the average tuiton cost of profit and non-profit private institutions was $22,874 in 2001. The average cost in 2012 was $33,047.

“All colleges are getting more exclusive every day,” says Sierra College student Megan Meissner, “our youth is in a huge competition to get a head start on their future, and it shouldn’t be so difficult.”

The discussion will be accessible to the public on Monday, May 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm  at the Tsakopoulos Library is located at 828 I Street.

Many believe that American Universities have become extremely expensive and exclusive. The same degrees that were esteemed a decade ago no longer carry the same appreciation that they once did. If you would like to join the discussion on how to make college more accessible to the nation’s youth, you can visit the Tsakopoulos Library located at 828 I Street on Monday, May 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

To get more information on college statistics, costs, and admissions, you can view an article on the topic here.