Dan E. Sweat Lecture Series

Dan E. Sweat Distinguished Chair in Educational and Community Policy

As a memorial to visionary leadership and commitment to the community and to learning in all forms, Georgia State University has created the Dan E. Sweat Distinguished Scholar Chair in Educational Community Policy.  Ross Rubenstein currently holds this position.

The 2017 Dan E. Sweat Lecture

February 21 David N. Figlio “Can Online Higher Education Replace Traditional Instruction?


David Figlio is director of the Institute for Policy Research and Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Resources and is immediate past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy. Figlio has published over 70 articles in leading economics, education, and medical journals, and is a global leader in the use of administrative data to study important education and health policy questions. He has advised the governments of 16 countries as well as the European Union regarding education and social policy.


2016 Susan Dynarski (University of Michigan: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, School of Education, and Department of Economics, and Institute for Social Research) “Three Myths about Student Loans”
2013 Sarah Turner (University of Virginia and National Bureau of Economic Research) “Public Universities: Challenges of the Great Recession for Students and Faculty”
2012 Brian Jacob (Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy and Professor of Economics, University of Michigan) “Does Raising Educational Standards Raise Student Achievement?”
2011 Susanna Loeb (Center for Education Policy Analysis and a Co- Director of Policy Analysis for California Education [PACE]at Stanford University) “Understanding School Leadership: The Importance of Organizational Management and Personnel Practices”
2009 Amy Stuart Wells (Center for Understanding Race and Education (CURE) at Teachers College, Columbia University) “Metro Migration, Racial Segregation and School Boundaries: Education Policy in Changing Suburban and Urban America”
2007 Richard J . Murnane (Harvard Graduate School of Education) “Preparing Students to Thrive in the 21st Century Economy”
2006 Jane Hannaway (The Urban Institute) “Accountability and the Classroom: A New Light Inside the Black Box of Schooling”
2005 Eric A. Hanushek (Hoover Institute at Stanford University) “The Economic Importance of School Quality”
2004 Ronald F. Ferguson (Werner Center for Social Policy) “The Racial Gap in Education Outcomes: Confronting the Challenge”

Dan E. Sweat Biography