Escalating default rates threaten the next generation, as well as taxpayers and the U.S. economy as a whole. Though there appears to be a high degree of predictability regarding which students are likely to default, there is scant evidence that traditional default mitigation techniques are effective. How can students reap the benefits of higher education without the fear of financial devastation in the event of a default?

Join the Career Education Corporation and the Education Finance Council to explore what we know about who defaults, why it happens, and what can be done to more effectively prevent defaults. This panel discussion is the first in a series of conversations intended to build a research base to drive better policy and improve repayment rates among today's student borrowers, especially among the much overlooked group of independent, adult, and non-traditional students.

This exclusive, one-day conference provides a unique platform to:

  • Dispute common rhetoric and claims that students default on loans because they did not receive a good education.
  • Review current set of "anti-default" tools. Although most of the time these tools are effective for the "typical" student, the current set is ineffective for the non-traditional student. Discuss what might work for non-traditional students.
  • Start the conversation about policy recommendations to create new, effective programs.

The program will be moderated by Jeffrey J. Selingo, Vice President at The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc., who is a leading authority on higher education worldwide.

Speakers include:

  • Jacob P.K. Gross, Assistant Professor at University of Louisville, studies policies that promote access to and attainment in post-secondary education
  • Carrie Hansen, Product Manager at NorthStar Education Services, was a key driver in the launch of NorthStar's Cohort Management Services program that uses data to drive outreach and successful borrower engagement. 
  • Terry W. Hartle, Senior VP of Government and Public Affairs at the American Council on Education
  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum, has worked for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the Congressional Budget Office, and the President's Council of Economic Advisers.
  • Dr. Bronte Jones, Treasurer at St. John's College, serves as a Commissioner and Accreditation Evaluator (Finance) for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  • Vince Sampson, President of the Education Finance Council, works to advance EFC's goal of increasing the accessibility and affordability for postsecondary education.

Don't miss the opportunity to discuss this important, growing issue for higher education and the U.S. economy. 

Register today.

This event is by invitation only and is non-transferable. Registrations will only be accepted for select e-mail contacts receiving this mailing. Please use the same e-mail address to register as where you received your invitation.

If you have a question or trouble registering, please contact

This is a Corporate Sponsor Event hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc. All content is provided by CEC and EFC.


Date: Friday, October 19, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon


The National Press Club
13th Floor
529 Fourteenth Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20045

Hosted by:

Content provided by:

Douglas Holtz-Eakin
American Action Forum

Dr. Bronte Jones
St. John's College

Carrie Hansen
Product Manager
NorthStar Education Services


Jacob P.K. Gross
Assistant Professor
University of Louisville


Jeffrey J. Selingo
  Vice President
The Chronicle
of Higher Education, Inc.

Vince Sampson
Education Finance Council

Terry W. Hartle
Senior VP
American Council on Education