A NEW ERA IN HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM?…. Education Sector and the Washington Monthly hosted an interesting event this week on higher-ed reform. A podcast of the discussion is now available.

Here’s the press release on what the event was all about:

Earlier this year, President Obama set an ambitious goal: By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Getting there will require more than just a rehash of old ideas and failed solutions. On September 2, Washington Monthly released its annual College Guide, including innovative college rankings and provocative articles describing how the ever-more-expensive higher education system is falling short — and what can be done to fix it.

Join Education Sector and Washington Monthly as the college guide authors and other higher education experts discuss what the Obama administration’s new focus on higher education means for the future of American colleges and universities.

The participants included Washington Monthly editor Paul Glastris, Education Sector policy director Kevin Carey, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation senior fellow Ben Wildavsky, Southern New Hampshire University president Paul LeBlanc, and Deputy Undersecretary of Education Robert Shireman. Jeffrey Selingo, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, moderated the discussion.

Take a listen.

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