Overheard

Peter Smith discusses access to higher education

By Geoff Sadow
September 28, 2019

Peter Smith, on what society misses by not giving people access to higher education.

Peter is the author of “Free Range Learning in the Digital Age” and his career in higher education includes serving as founding president of both California State University Monterey Bay and the Community College of Vermont.

In 2007, Peter joined Kaplan University as a senior vice president for academic strategies and development and more recently served as founding president of Open College at Kaplan University. In that role, he used no-cost Open Educational Resources to support learners who work toward a competency-based degree in Professional Studies. 

Peter also served his home state of Vermont as a state senator (1980-82) and as Lt. Governor (1982-86). He ran successfully for the U.S. House of Representatives as Congressman-at-Large from Vermont and served from 1989-1990. 

The ASU GSV Summit brought together the nation’s most committed leaders in business, education, nonprofits, government, and entertainment for the three-day conference. A collaboration between Arizona State University and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual conference is the industry catalyst for elevating dialogue and driving action around raising learning and career outcomes through scaled innovation. 

WorkingNation set up its cameras at the Summit and interviewed the speakers and attendees about the important issues of education and workforce challenges. You can follow the conversation on our social media under the hashtag #WorkingNationOverheard.

Read more about the event here.

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