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"Reimagining student aid delivery and design" is a podcast interview with Kristen Conklin, founding partner with HCM Strategists and a key contributor to the American Dream Coalition 2.0. Conklin discusses the recommendations of the American Dream Coalition 2.0 report and Doing Better for More Students, which highlights suggestions for financial aid reform to address the issue of college completion. Conklin advocates for a single grant/single loan/single tax credit model to help Americans access and best utilize financial aid for college completion. Additional suggestions include raising the floor from 12 to 15 credits for full-time student status. Conklin distinguishes opportunities for the federal and state governments to simplify financial aid and better prepare students for college.

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

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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.

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About the American Dream 2.0 Coalition (2:43)

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Factors that contribute to declining degree attainment (1:17)

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The challenge of college affordability and redesigning financial aid programs (1:01)

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Simplify financial aid: One grant, one loan, one tax benefit (4:14)

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The current patchwork quit of financial aid (3:24)

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Full-time students, low-completion rates and 12 credit hours (3:56)

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Rethinking the campus-based aid programs (1:58)

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Emerging consensus from federal policymakers on financial aid simplification (3:13)

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Next steps for significant change in federal financial aid policy (1:50)

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Credit hours, competency based education and direct assessment (1:38)

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The time is now to address college affordability, completion and higher education challenges (2:24)

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The difference between the higher education policy role at the state and federal levels (3:24)

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Wave your magic wand…what would you change? (1:57)

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Additional resources on this topic (2:06)

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Analysis by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon (15:37)