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David A. Bergeron Archives

Lessons Learned

UWash article icon Issue Brief Higher-education institutions, particularly those that disproportionately serve students of color, play a critical role in educating low-income students and reducing economic inequality.

By David A. Bergeron, Farah Ahmad, and Elizabeth Baylor | Thursday, April 10, 2014

What Does Value Look Like in Higher Education?

Student at college graduationStudents and families spend billions of dollars each year to pay tuition and fees at our nation’s colleges and universities without understanding the value of the college education for which they are paying. A college rating system could protect students and families while helping restore public confidence in higher education.

By David A. Bergeron | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Public College Quality Compact for Students and Taxpayers

article icon Issue Brief Federal matching grants would allow states to significantly lower the cost of postsecondary education at public institutions.

By Elizabeth Baylor and David A. Bergeron | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Path Forward

College graduation book_alt2 icon Report The U.S. education system lacks clear pathways for students to follow from high school to a career. Emerging approaches to reform show promise for encouraging program completion, reducing costs, and improving the quality of education.

By David A. Bergeron | Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Resetting the Trillion-Dollar Student-Loan Debt Problem

Students at the University of Iowa article icon Issue Brief Students enrolled in our nation’s colleges and universities are borrowing at increasing rates, and the amounts they are borrowing are also growing. Here’s how refinancing can help.

By David A. Bergeron, Elizabeth Baylor, and Joe Valenti | Thursday, November 21, 2013

How Qualified Student Loans Could Protect Borrowers and Taxpayers

article icon Issue Brief Reforming the nation’s bankruptcy laws to include some student debt is a way to not only help troubled borrowers but also to foster better student loans and stronger academic programs.

By Joe Valenti and David A. Bergeron | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act Would Protect Our Students

Joe Manchin, Tom Harkin, Tom CarperUnder the bill, student-loan borrowers would get a reasonable interest rate that does not change over the life of the loan.

By David A. Bergeron | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Comprehensive Analysis of the Student-Loan Interest-Rate Changes that Are Being Considered by Congress

President Barack Obama article icon Issue Brief Interest-rate policy for federal student loans should put students first and protect low- and middle-income students from the doubling of interest rates on July 1.

By David A. Bergeron and Tobin Van Ostern | Thursday, June 27, 2013

Proposals to Bring Student-Loan Interest Rates Under Control

President Barack ObamaIn this column, we analyze and compare some of the major proposals currently on the table in Congress regarding student-loan interest rates.

By David A. Bergeron and Tobin Van Ostern | Thursday, May 23, 2013

FAFSA Modernizes to Recognize LGBT Families

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid will soon begin collecting information about applicants who have same-sex parents, giving them equal access to college financial aid.

By Crosby Burns and David A. Bergeron | Monday, May 6, 2013

Moving Away from Credit Hours in Higher Education

Transitioning from measuring student accomplishment based on credit hours toward competency-based models would be a step in the right direction to better assess a student’s skills in a particular field.

By David A. Bergeron | Thursday, April 18, 2013

David A. Bergeron

David A. Bergeron is the Vice President for Postsecondary Education at American Progress. David previously served as the acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. In this position, David acted as the education secretary’s chief advisor on higher-education issues and administered more than 60 grant and loan programs that provide […]

Monday, April 8, 2013