Expertise: Higher education

David A. Bergeron is a senior fellow for Postsecondary Education at American Progress.

Bergeron previously served as the acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. In this position, Bergeron acted as the education secretary’s chief adviser on higher education issues and administered more than 60 grant and loan programs that provide nearly $3 billion annually to institutions of higher education and community-based organizations.

The Education Department’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) supports higher education programs through financial support to eligible institutions and recruits, and prepares disadvantaged students for successful completion of college; promotes the study of foreign languages and international affairs; and supports international educational research and exchange activities. Notable among its programs are the eight TRIO programs, institutional development programs for minority institutions, teacher development programs, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. The OPE runs the well-known Byrd, Fulbright, Javits, and McNair programs and certifies all regional and national accreditation agencies, so they, in turn, may qualify institutions to receive federal financial aid, including Pell Grants. Bergeron has been serving in this capacity since July 1, 2012.

Bergeron also served as the deputy assistant secretary for policy, planning, and innovation for the OPE. In this capacity, Bergeron was responsible for the program budget for the federal postsecondary education programs administered by the OPE and the Federal Student Aid office, which generate more than $160 billion in financial aid to more than 25 million students enrolled at public and private postsecondary institutions. Bergeron is also responsible for legislative, regulatory, and other policies affecting the department’s postsecondary education programs, including Federal Student Aid. In this capacity, Bergeron became acting deputy assistant secretary in 2009 and was named permanently in that position in 2011. Prior to becoming deputy assistant secretary, Bergeron served in a variety of other roles in the Department of Education. He has led key policy groups working on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, researched market-based approaches to loan subsidies under the guaranteed loan programs, and developed program regulations and other policy guidelines.

Prior to joining the department, Bergeron received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology from the University of Rhode Island and worked for a bank in consumer loans.

By David A. Bergeron
A Quality Alternative: A New Vision for Higher Education AccreditationCenter for American ProgressOctober 6, 2016
Linking Existing Federal Data Systems to Expand Knowledge of Higher EducationCenter for American ProgressJune 30, 2016
We Already Cleaned up the Student Loan Mess—Let’s Not Do It AgainCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2015
Improving College Access and Degree Attainment Through an Early Guarantee of Federal Financial AidCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2015
Better Banking Products on CampusCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2015
Increasing Postsecondary Attainment Through Smarter Student-Loan RepaymentCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2015
Strengthening Our Economy Through College for AllCenter for American ProgressFebruary 19, 2015
Examining Gainful Employment in Career EducationCenter for American ProgressOctober 31, 2014
A Great Recession, a Great RetreatCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2014
What Congress Should Do to Give Student Loan Borrowers Hope For ReliefMoneyOctober 15, 2014
Harnessing the Tax Code to Promote College AffordabilityCenter for American ProgressMay 28, 2014
Lessons LearnedCenter for American ProgressApril 10, 2014
What Does Value Look Like in Higher Education?Center for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2014
Public College Quality Compact for Students and TaxpayersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2014
A Path ForwardCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2013
Resetting the Trillion-Dollar Student-Loan Debt ProblemCenter for American ProgressNovember 21, 2013
How Qualified Student Loans Could Protect Borrowers and TaxpayersCenter for American ProgressAugust 20, 2013
The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act Would Protect Our StudentsCenter for American ProgressJuly 23, 2013
A Comprehensive Analysis of the Student-Loan Interest-Rate Changes that Are Being Considered by CongressCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2013
Proposals to Bring Student-Loan Interest Rates Under ControlCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2013
FAFSA Modernizes to Recognize LGBT FamiliesCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2013
Moving Away from Credit Hours in Higher EducationCenter for American ProgressApril 18, 2013