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Professor Omari Simmons among presenters at the Duke University ‘Access, Competition, and For-Profit Higher Education’ Conference Sept. 21-22

Professor Omari Simmons was among the presenters at the Access, Competition, and For-Profit Higher Education Conference sponsored by the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality and AERA at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University on Sept. 21-22.

The conference discussed available academic research on the social and economic impact, the cultural consequences, and the pedagogical implications of the rapid expansion and growth of for-profit institutions in higher education in the United States. Professor Simmons spoke on Saturday afternoon, giving a lecture entitled “Research Synthesis and Response.”

The Access, Competition, and For-Profit Higher Education Conference  aimed to bring to bear interdisciplinary analysis on all facets of the social, political, economic, institutional, and cultural implications of for-profit higher education; define the existing body of research and make proposals for future research on for-profits; create a set of policy recommendations for individual researchers, universities, governmental and NGO agencies; create a methodological toolkit to facilitate the production of sound research on for-profits; and produce a conference proposal, digital learning modules, and an outline for an edited volume.

Furthermore, the three Plenary Sessions addressed the history, scope and contemporary research issues in the study of competition, access, and the role of for-profit degree-granting colleges and universities; the roles of public finance and regulation in for-profit education; and the methodological and measurement issues in for-profit research.

Professor Simmons’ research interests include corporate governance and education policy. Prior to joining the Wake Forest law school faculty, Professor Simmons worked as corporate counsel for two multinational corporations and as an associate at the law firm of Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C. Immediately after law school, he clerked for the Honorable E. Norman Veasey, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Professor Simmons is a member of the American Law Institute and is the Executive Director of the Simmons Memorial Foundation (SMF), a nonprofit organization that provides college consulting services to vulnerable students.