Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

June 26, 2018

Episode 20: The State of State Higher Ed

“The State of State Higher Ed” explores higher ed issues from national and state vantage points. Guests include Jeremy Anderson of Education Commission of the States, Melissa Henderson of Educate Texas, Kenyatta Lovett of Complete Tennessee, and Michele Siqueiros of Campaign for College Opportunity.

Additional Resources

ECS Resource: Governors’ Top Education Priorities in 2018 State of the State Addresses

State Innovations for Near-Completers

How Students Use Federal, State and Institutional Aid to Pay for College: A Primer for State Policymakers

Free College and Adult Student Populations

Seeking Support: State financial aid programs and adult students

Postsecondary Campus Safety

Guided Pathways to College Completion

Texas Student Success Council Improving Credit Mobility for Community College Transfer Students in Texas

Texas Would Benefit by Improving its Community College to Bachelor’s Transfer System 

Finding Common Ground to Increase Community College Completion

Complete Tennessee Research & Publications 

The Campaign for College Opportunity Gubernatorial Page

The Campaign for College Opportunity Policy Advocacy Page

Guest Bios

Segment 1

Jeremy Anderson is the president of Education Commission of the States, a nonprofit education policy organization that serves as a partner to state policymakers. He works with state education leaders to provide personalized support and identify opportunities for collaboration.



Segment 2

Melissa Henderson is deputy director of policy for Educate Texas, where she leads the organization’s higher education policy work and provides support for the Texas Student Success Council. Her state policy recommendations are aimed at streamlining pathways and easing transitions to and through higher learning.



Kenyatta Lovett is the executive director of Complete Tennessee, where he leads work to significantly increase postsecondary attainment by 2025 and to inform higher education policy and practice in Tennessee.




Michele Siqueiros, president of The Campaign for College Opportunity, oversees the organization’s efforts to ensure that all students in California have an opportunity to go to college and succeed. She and the campaign also work on simplifying transfer pathways.



Segment 3

Patrick Dillon is a partner at Hilltop Public Solutions, where he advises clients on the intersection of politics, policy, and communications, with a particular focus on states and education.




Megan McCafferty, an associate program officer with the U.S. Policy, Advocacy, and Communications team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, focuses on advising the foundation on the political landscape throughout the United States, especially regarding key states.



Moderator Bio

Casey Green

Casey Green, the moderator and co-producer of To A Degree, is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of eLearning and information technology in American higher education. Check out his blog, Digital Tweed, and follow him on Twitter at @DigitalTweed.



To A Degree is produced for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation by G2 Education. Jinny Goldstein, the co-founder of G2Ed, is the executive producer of To A Degree.