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"David Bergeron: An executive branch insider shares perspectives on the past and the future of higher education" is a podcast interview with David Bergeron, Vice President for Postsecondary Education at the Center for American Progress (CAP). Bergeron spent over 30 years with the U.S. Department of Education and offers his thoughts on how the higher education policy environment has changed over time and discusses possibilities for the future. Bergeron touches on the key issues of affordability and accountability within higher education. Additionally, Bergeron discusses his work with B-Labs and the role of B-Corps in establishing a new status for higher education organizations, entities and institutions.

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 © 2014 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.

RadioHigherEd034F001.mp3 (2114 kB)
Federal policy: from backwater issue to proactive strategies (2:15)

RadioHigherEd034F002.mp3 (1421 kB)
Federal investment goals: well understood but not always widely accepted (1:30)

RadioHigherEd034F003.mp3 (1715 kB)
Federal investment goals: well understood but not always widely accepted (1:30)

RadioHigherEd034F004.mp3 (2891 kB)
The pros and cons of an increased federal role in higher education (3:04)

RadioHigherEd034F005.mp3 (1969 kB)
Affordability: the major challenge facing higher education (2:05)

RadioHigherEd034F006.mp3 (2719 kB)
The big ideas for reform of federal student aid (2:53)

RadioHigherEd034F007.mp3 (3108 kB)
Thoughts on how to improve accountability and oversight of higher education (3:18)

RadioHigherEd034F008.mp3 (4187 kB)
B-Labs and higher education companies as private benefit corporations(4:28)

RadioHigherEd034F009.mp3 (1593 kB)
The dream of making student debt go away (1:41)

RadioHigherEd034F010.mp3 (1333 kB)
David’s research on state financing, alleviating inequality in graduation rates archived at (1:24)

RadioHigherEd034F011.mp3 (6684 kB)
Analysis by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon (7:08)