Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

October 31, 2018

Episode 22: What is “Good” in Higher Ed

“What Is ‘Good’ In Higher Ed” explores changing definitions and new measures of quality and the value of college rankings. Guests include Jeff Selingo, Paul Glastris, John Friedman and Doug Webber.

Additional Resources

Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly – September/October 2018

The Future Learners: An Innovative Approach to Understanding the Higher Education Market And Building A Student-Centered University

The Future of the Faculty Office

Climb Initiative

Opportunity Insights

Opportunity Atlas

The New York Times: Economic Diversity and Student Outcomes at America’s Colleges and Universities: Find Your College

Projected Lifetime Earnings for Bachelor’s Degree Holders by Major

IZA Policy Paper No. 141: Risk-Sharing in Higher Education: A Policy Proposal

Guest Bios

Segment 1

Paul Glastris is editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly magazine and co-author of the book The Other College Guide. He was also a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton.




Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of three books, a contributing writer at the Washington Post and The Atlantic, a professor of practice and special advisor at Arizona State University, and a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities.



Segment 2

John Friedman is associate professor of economics and international and public affairs at Brown University. He is founding co-director of Opportunity Insights, which uses big data to develop scalable policy solutions to empower families to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes.



Douglas Webber is an associate professor in the economics department at Temple University and a research fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics. Much of his current research is on the economics of higher education.




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.