Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

November 7, 2018

Episode 23: Keeping the Promise of Public Higher Ed

From the 2018 American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Annual Meeting, “Keeping the Promise of Public Higher Ed” explores the intersection of mission, money, public opinion and accountability in public higher education today. Our guests include Mildred Garcia, President of AASCU, and university presidents Laurie A Carter, Virginia Horvath and Ashish Vaidya.

Additional Resources

Impatient to Achieve Student Success? You Bet! By Dr. Mildred García, AASCU Public Purpose Magazine, Summer 2011

Frontier Set

Making Partnerships Work: Principles, Guidelines And Advice For Public University Leaders

Re-Imagining the First Year of College

Discover Academic Success

SUNY Fredonia Affordability

SUNY Fredonia Institutional Learning Goals

Northern Kentucky University QEP Information Literacy

Northern Kentucky University Civic Engagement

Northern Kentucky University Connect and Persist

Northern Kentucky University Success By Design

Northern Kentucky University Institute for Student Research & Creative Activity

Guest Bios

Segment 1

Mildred García, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), is the first Latina president of one of the “Big Six” higher education associations. She was previously the president of California State University, Fullerton which under her leadership was ranked #1 in California and #2 in the U.S. for Latino students graduating with bachelor’s degrees.



Segment 2

Laurie Carter began her career in higher ed as a first-generation student at a state supported public university in Pennsylvania. Now, she serves as the president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.



Virginia Horvath, president of the State University of New York at Fredonia, is committed to public education as fundamental to democracy. As a first-generation college student, President Horvath understands the value of education to students, and to their families, communities, and countries.



Ashish Vaidya became Northern Kentucky University’s sixth president on July 1, 2018.  Prior to joining NKU, President Vaidya was interim president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He served as an editor of “Operationalizing Stewards of Place: Implementing Regional Engagement and Economic Development Strategies,” a 2015 AASCU publication.



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.