Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

May 16, 2017

Episode 3: Voices from ASU + GSV

From the ASU + GSV Summit, this special edition of To A Degree explores advances in innovation, equity, and excellence with GSV Managing Partner Deborah Quazzo, Arizona State University President Michael Crow, Valencia College President Sandy Shugart, Lumen Learning CEO Kim Thanos, and Deputy Director Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation Heather Hiles.

Segment 1: Deborah Quazzo

ASU + GSV Summit co-founder Deborah Quazzo identifies how the annual summit contributes to innovation and excellence in American education.

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Segment 2: Michael Crow

Widely recognized as a visionary in higher education, Arizona State University president Michael Crow talks about the intersection of leadership, innovation, and equity, and what he sees as key priorities for colleges and universities.

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Segment 3: Sandy Shugart

Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia College in Florida and recipient of the 2017 Harold W. McGraw Prize, discusses what it means to be a “stellar example” of change among American community colleges.

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Segment 4: Kim Thanos

Lumen Learning CEO Kim Thanos describes how Open Education Resources (OER) can reduce cost, expand choice, and improve the quality of curricular resources for both students and faculty in higher education.

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Segment 5: Heather Hiles

Heather Hiles, deputy director for Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses how to foster greater equity in higher education, especially for low-income, first-generation students, and to increase diversity in the ed tech sector.

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Guest Bios

Deborah Quazzo  is the founder and managing partner of GSV Acceleration Fund, a venture capital fund leveraging technology in the education and talent sectors, and co-founder of the annual ASU + GSV Summit.




Michael Crow guides Arizona State University’s transformation into an institution that combines academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact.





Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, president of Valencia College in Florida, is the winner of the 2017 Harold W. McGraw Prize, which celebrates outstanding individuals who are making a difference in education.




Kim Thanos is the CEO and co-founder of Lumen Learning, which supports institutions in improving student success through the use of open educational resources and learning analytics.





Heather Hiles is the former deputy director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Heather was founder and CEO of Pathbrite, the world’s leading Portfolio Learning Platform.





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.