OTC From the Field: A Conversation With Economist Dr. Sandy Baum

This week on "Off the Cuff," Justin is joined by Dr. Sandy Baum, a nonresident senior fellow for the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute, as they discuss higher education priorities and how in a world of limited resources the federal government can best allocate and target spending. The conversation touches on free community college, debt forgiveness, doubling the Pell Grant, and dives into which of these investments could have the biggest impact on students. Justin and Sandy also cover topical higher education news like recent issues surrounding institutional accountability, student loan repayment plans, and more. Hugh then provides an update on some of the biggest financial aid news on the student loan portfolio, remarks from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, and highlights profiles of our latest Diversity Leadership Program class.


Justin Draeger Sandy Baum

Justin Draeger
President and CEO

Sandy Baum
Senior Fellow
The Urban Institute

Hugh Ferguson


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Publication Date: 1/28/2022

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