Improving Higher Education

How we respond to long-term trends and short-term calamities and what it means for the next generation of college-bound Americans

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Colleges face increasing costs in order to demonstrate their long-term value and reduced demand for the very services they provide

US higher education faces grave challenges. America’s college-bound generation is the least confident in American history. They are old enough to remember the Great Recession—the job loss and the fear. Asking this generation to mortgage their futures is a tall task. A college degree is still the best shot at closing the economic achievement gap, yet it is a ticket to crippling debt for so many. These papers aim to shed some much needed light on how America can restructure and rethink access to higher education so that the American Dream can be extended to an ever-expanding portion of Americans.

Robert Kelchen
“The short-term effects of the pandemic are unlike any other crisis in the last half-century of American higher education, because each of how these revenue sources has been affected”

Robert Kelchen

Associate professor of higher education, Seton Hall University

Kelly Walsh
“It is clearly time for higher education to lead the way in modelling and teaching digital fluency”

Kelly Walsh

CIO/CISO & assistant professor, College of Westchester

Mike T. Nietzel
“A substantial number of mega-gifts have been given to community colleges, non-flagship public universities and minority-serving colleges”

Mike T. Nietzel

Former president of Missouri State University & Forbes contributor

Chuck Staben
“Equivalency scholarship sports serve as strategic enrollment programs, attracting students who would not otherwise attend the university”

Chuck Staben

Former president, University of Idaho

Dr. Anindya Kundu
“When we gloss over the uneven playing field, we implicitly blame overburdened
students for their failures, rather than thinking about ways to collectively support them”

Dr. Anindya Kundu

Education sociologist & 2x TED Speaker

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About Degree Insurance

College is part of the American Dream. It shouldn’t be part of a financial nightmare for families. Degree Insurance is on a mission to ensure the American Dream is achievable for every student pursuing customers. We do this by creating new financial instruments that will de-risk the return on educational investment, increase graduation rates and, in so doing, improve the income mobility of virtually all Americans.

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Wade Eyerly & Dennis Murashko

Co-founders, Degree Insurance

The counterpoint to income inequality is not just attending a college, but earning a college degree

View or download our white paper on the future of American higher education at this crucial moment in history

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