Tom Mortenson: The Impact of Financial Decisions on Access and Opportunity

Tom Mortenson discusses how U.S. education fiscal policies at the state and federal level have impacted access to college and our country’s position in the global human capital economy.

Individual Questions:
Access defined: preparation for college, transition into college, and persistence through higher education (:55)
A focus on the needs of underrepresented low income students and boys (2:24)
The impact of state and national funding trends on higher education (5:04)
Unpacking the current debate over “free college.” (2:49)
Influences in higher education that undercut the K-12 attainment of low income students (2:27)
Understanding the impact of U.S. policy choices since 1980 on our competitive position in the global human capital economy (4:35)
Relating the affordability of college for the lowest income students to changes in tax policies and need-based grants (5:36)
The debate over a unit record data tracking system (3:33)
Defining quality as a Return on Investment: Not just about “putting gidgets on widgets.” (4:15)
Tom’s magic wand: Funding college based on excellence and a sincere commitment to serving low income students (7:28)

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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