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November 12, 2018– Northern Kentucky University President Ashish Vaidya is featured in a newly-released Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation podcast that focuses on “Keeping the Promise of Public Higher ED.”

To A Degree is the Gates Foundation’s postsecondary success podcast that highlights the people, institutions and organizations working to provide all students with a high-quality and affordable higher education experience.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) collaborated with To A Degree and the Gates Foundation to capture the perspectives of campus leaders at its 2018 Annual Meeting in late October. To A Degree recorded three podcasts at the meeting focusing on leadership and innovative solutions to improve equity and student success. 

President Vaidya represented NKU at the AASCU Annual Meeting and took part in the “Keeping the Promise” podcast. He is featured with Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania President Laurie A. Carter and State University of New York at Fredonia President Virginia Schaefer Horvath.

“It was an honor to join my counterparts and discuss the challenges facing public universities, including access, funding and accountability,” said President Vaidya. “Hearing the perspective of other AASCU institutions was extremely valuable. We are all working toward the same goal of fulfilling the dream of higher education.”

To listen to President Vaidya’s discussion, click here to access To A Degree’s “Keeping the Promise” episode.       

About American Association of State Colleges and Universities: AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions' economic progress and cultural development.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit