Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

December 12, 2018

Episode 26: Year Ahead for Higher Ed

“Year Ahead for Higher Ed” explores the implications of the 2018 midterm elections for higher education and the issues and people to watch in 2019.  Guests include Jeremy Anderson, Danette Howard, Elaine P. Maimon, and Julie Peller.

Additional Resources

Education Commission of the States 2018 Elections: Changes in State Education Leadership

Education Commission of the States 2018 Elections: Top Education Takeaways

Education Commission of the States 2018 Elections: Changes in State Education Leadership Interactive Map

Education Commission of the States State Education Policy Tracking

Higher Learning Advocates: 101: Today’s Students

Higher Learning Advocates: Building A New System Of Higher Education

Higher Learning Advocates: Policy Toolkit: Today’s Students

 Lumina Foundation’s Equity Imperative

 Lumina Foundation’s Fact Sheet

Educating people in prison helps them find jobs and helps us build an equitable society, by Danette Howard

“A Veteran President Calls on Colleges to Stop the Snobbery,” The Chronicle of Higher Education

 “Rethinking Remediation”, Inside Higher Ed

“A checklist for Transformative Leaders”, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Guest Bios 

Jeremy Anderson is the president of Education Commission of the States, a national education policy organization that serves as a partner to state policymakers. Jeremy works with state education leaders to provide unbiased information and opportunities for collaboration.




Julie Peller is executive director of Higher Learning Advocates, a bipartisan organization that advocates for federal policies, which are equitable, outcomes-based and focused on educational quality. Julie is recognized as a leader on postsecondary education issues including, student attainment, educational policy, and student financial aid.



Danette Gerald Howard is senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing student access and success in postsecondary education.




Elaine P. Maimon, in her twelfth year as president of Governors State University, is committed to higher education innovation and reform, as described in her recent book, Leading Academic Change: Vision, Strategy, Transformation.




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.