Making College Cheaper and Better

Making College Cheaper and Better:
A Collaboration with Washington Monthly Magazine

Anxiety about paying for college is at an all-time high with student loan debt skyrocketing, Congress battling over funding student financial aid programs, and a billion-dollar student loan debt collection industry targeting a growing number of students. Meanwhile, a new breed of radically inexpensive online higher education services is rising to prominence, fueled by venture capital and the conviction that colleges and universities are ripe for technological disruption. Will Silicon Valley cure the college cost problem? Should it? And what can we do about the student loan crisis in the meantime?

Join Washington Monthly magazine and the New America Foundation for a live panel discussion on the most pressing higher education issues of the day. Financial aid expert Stephen Burd will make the case for putting the student loan repo man out of business by adopting student loan repayment policies pioneered in Australia and the U.K. New America education policy program director Kevin Carey will discuss his recent tour through the heart of the West Coast higher ed tech entrepreneurial scene. Washington Monthly Editor Paul Glastris will explore the magazine’s alternative college rankings, including a new measure that identifies colleges that do the best job of graduating students at the lowest price. And a representative from one of America’s “best bang for the buck” colleges will explain how they do it.

Also, read Joe Nocera’s column in The New York Times about Kevin Carey and The Washington Monthly’s college guide.


Opening Remarks
Jamie P. Merisotis
President and CEO, Lumina Foundation

Stephen Burd
Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation

Kevin Carey
Director, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation

Robert G. Gaines
Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Elizabeth City State University, NC

Jordan Goldman
Founder and CEO, Unigo

Kevin James
Legislative Assistant to Representative Tom Petri (R-WI)

Paul Glastris
Editor in Chief, Washington Monthly