Podcast: Guard Rails, Government and Higher Ed

Ted Mitchell, the President of American Council on Education, talks about what is happening in Washington and beyond related to higher education. As the former undersecretary of education in the Obama administration, he explains the differing roles government and institutions play in furthering higher education.

Mitchell elaborates, “Every institution I know and have been a part of would love to be just left alone, let us pursue our work. And government is sorta working on the other side, what are the guardrails that we need to put in place to protect and then fill in the blank, students, investors, taxpayers, from potential waste, fraud and abuse. So I think it is a healthy tension.”

Listen to the podcast here.

This podcast is created and produced by higher education experts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn.  Selingo, a FutureEd senior fellow and former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, is special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University, and a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. Horn is chief strategy officer for the Entangled Group, an education investment firm,  and a senior partner at Entangled Solutions, an education consulting company.  Selingo and Horn can be contacted here. Future U is supported by the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, a partnership between Arizona State University and Georgetown University, and by Entangled Solutions.