The Clinton Global Initiative starts today, and Pat Garofolo of The Wonk Room was in on a meeting Clinton convened with a small group of progressive bloggers prior to the annual event’s kickoff.

Clinton noted that “higher education institutions are pricing themselves into America’s decline,” and that we are therefore going to “have to change the delivery system in higher education.” One possibility Clinton highlighted was increasing the roles of community colleges (which 17 states have authorized to provide four-year college credits). It’s telling that Clinton sees the situation as dire enough to discuss changing “the delivery system” for higher education itself, rather than focusing on ways to control the costs of four-year institutions.

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Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.