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Series 1: College (un)affordability, Student Debt, and Solutions

What is the real price of college and why is it so hard to figure out?        

Professor Goldrick-Rab and Bob Hildreth discuss why college is so expensive and how financial aid is not sufficient for so many who are struggling to reap the benefits of a college degree. Professor Goldrick-Rab proposes an overhaul of our higher education and financial aid system. She also explains what we should expect from the free tuition movement under Trump's Administration.

Speakers:

  • Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy, Organizational & Leadership Studies- Temple University
  • Bob Hildreth, Founder & Chair of Board- Inversant
  • Dr. Bahar Akman Imboden, Director of Research- Inversant

Music/Audio Post-Production: Shade Tramp

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Why college tuition is rising and how can we curb it?

Professor Kelchen and Bob Hildreth discuss the reasons behind the high price of college in the United States. They identify the most pressing issues facing our higher education system and explore solutions for curbing tuition increases and the growing student debt. They talk about the kinds of policies we can expect under Trump's administration and their potential implications for students and colleges.

Speakers:

  • Robert Kelchen, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Department of Education Leadership Management and Policy- Seton Hall University
  • Bob Hildreth, Founder & Chair of Board- Inversant
  • Jon Tapper, Co-Founder- Melwood Global

Music/Audio Post-Production: Shade Tramp

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Children's savings accounts: A uniquely american way to finance higher education


Professor Willam Elliott explains how a financial aid system based in student debt aggravates present inequities and prevents social mobility. As an alternative, Professor Willie and Bob Hildreth present an "uniquely American" way to finance education, namely a universal children's savings account (CSA) program. They explain how CSAs could "make college affordable, strengthen the return on degree long-term, tackle some of the issues around wealth equality, and leverage education's capacity to be the great equalizer".

Speakers:
  • William Elliott, Associate Professor Director of the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion (AEDI)- University of Kansas
  • Bob Hildreth, Founder and Chair of Board- Inversant
  • Charles Desmond, CEO- Inversant

Music/Audio Post-Production: Shade Tramp