Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

September 25, 2018

Episode 21: Better by the Numbers

“Better by the Numbers” explores the use of data to increase transparency, accountability, and improvement in higher education. Guests include Robert Kelchen of Seton Hall University, Sally Johnstone of NCHEMS, Michelle Asha Cooper of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Archie P. Cubarrubia of Miami Dade College, and Stephanie A. Bond Huie of The University of Texas System.

Additional Resources

Higher Education Accountability

Leading with Data

Toward Convergence

Inside Higher Education: “A ‘Workaround’ to U.S. Ban on Student-Level Data” 


Guest Bios

Segment 1

Sally M. Johnstone is the president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), which turns data into usable information for policymakers. She also is the founding editor of the Journal of Competency-Based Education.



Robert Kelchen is assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University. He is the author of Higher Education Accountability, which was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018.




Segment 2

Michelle Asha Cooper is the president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, which champions access and success for all students in postsecondary education. Cooper is recognized as a fierce advocate for equity and social justice in higher education.



Archie P. Cubarrubia serves as vice provost for institutional effectiveness at Miami Dade College, where he provides leadership for strategic research, planning, assessment, and evaluation. Previously, he led several U.S. Department of Education high-priority activities in postsecondary access, affordability, and accountability.



Stephanie Huie is vice chancellor for the Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) for The University of Texas System, where she leads a team of research and policy analysts to transform data into timely and meaningful information to support UT System initiatives and policy decisions.



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.