David Bergeron: An executive branch insider shares perspectives on the past and the future of higher education.

A longtime Department of Education official and education expert at the Center for American Progress, David Bergeron offers an historical perspective on federal higher education policy and discusses current challenges and ideas for reform and innovation.

Individual Questions:
Federal policy: from backwater issue to proactive strategies (2:15)
Federal investment goals: well understood but not always widely accepted (1:30)
Higher education as an investment in a public good (1:49)
The pros and cons of an increased federal role in higher education (3:04)
Affordability: the major challenge facing higher education (2:05)
The big ideas for reform of federal student aid (2:53)
Thoughts on how to improve accountability and oversight of higher education (3:18)
B-Labs and higher education companies as private benefit corporations(4:28)
The dream of making student debt go away (1:41)
David’s research on state financing, alleviating inequality in graduation rates archived at http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/bergeron-david/bio/ (1:24)
Analysis by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon (7:08)

Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network

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