Dr. Alexander Astin, director of the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute and national authority on undergraduate education, will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union at California State University, Fresno.

The talk, sponsored by the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Satellite Student Union lobby.

Astin’s topic “Excellence in Undergraduate Education,” will explore the changing demographics of university students and the future of higher education in America with an emphasis on “excellence and equity in the state university.”

Astin is also the founding director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, an ongoing national study of some nine million students, 250,000 faculty and staff, and 1500 higher education institutions.

Astin has written 18 books and 300 other publications in higher education. His areas of research include the outcomes of higher education, values in higher education, institutional quality, institutional leadership, equality of opportunity and access, assessment and research methods, citizenship and the interface between research and policy.

For additional information, contact the Office of the President at 278-2324