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Who should pay for higher ed: student, employers, or government?

Jake Segal July 13, 2022

We’ll debate who should bear which risks and which costs: whether to allow Pell grants to be used for short-term credentialing programs, how to navigate the promise and peril of ISAs and outcomes-based loans, whether companies should finance training for their employees – and where to draw the lines between public goods and private markets. Buckle in for some frosty takes on hot issues in postsecondary education and training.



Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Accountability

  • Power and Capital


Future of Work; Skills; Innovative finance

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Over the past two generations, the costs and risks of education and training have become increasingly centralized on students. This debate is intended to unpack today's system and its systemic failures, and shift our focus toward the future: how do we create something fairer while ensuring learners get the skills they need to get good jobs? How do we protect their interests while also protecting their options? What's the right role for government in building a stronger skills economy? And how can companies lean back into a system they abandoned - without exerting inappropriate influence on their own employees?


  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Government

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Service Providers

  • Corporate & SME


  • NameJake Segal
  • TitleVice President
  • OrganizationSocial Finance
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameAngela Jackson
  • TitleChief Ecosystem & Investment Officer
  • OrganizationKapor Center
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJane Oates
  • TitlePresident
  • OrganizationWorkingNation
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameSameer Gadkaree
  • TitlePresident
  • OrganizationThe Institute for College Access & Success
  • StatusConfirmed
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