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"Challenges in college completion, costs and value of a college degree" is a podcast interview with Andrew Kelly, director of the Center on Higher Education Reform and a resident scholar in education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Kelly discusses how the changing focus on attainment will be a cultural shift, but productive in motivating the higher education enterprise toward measuring outcomes. Kelly advocates for innovative uses of technology and teaching, including competency based education to help with issues of remediation. Kelly also advocates for policies that motivate market competition amongst institutions. Lastly, Kelly asserts the importance of higher education as a transparent industry that enables informed choices, particularly the need for students and families to identify lower cost high quality education options.

Interview facilitation, commentary and discussion presented by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin, and Elise Scanlon of Radio Higher Ed.

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Radio Higher Ed, LLC

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Copyright © 2013 Radio Higher Ed . All Rights Reserved. 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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The challenge of the college completion agenda (5:02)

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How can we ensure students are prepared for postsecondary education? (4:21)

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Major cost drivers in higher education (2:33)

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What can public institutions do to stem cost increases? (3:25)

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What policies promote innovation in higher education? (4:13)

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How do we assure quality among lower cost models for higher education? (3:14)

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Should higher education have to prove the value of a degree? (6:41)

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Have cost and capacity put higher ed out of reach? (3:37)

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Analysis and Commentary (16:15)