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David A. Longanecker

David A. Longanecker is the president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in Boulder, Colorado.

Previously he served for six years as the assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, developing and implementing national policy and programs that provided more than $40 billion annually in student aid and $1 billion to institutions. Prior to that he was the state higher education executive officer (SHEEO) in Colorado and Minnesota.

He was also the principal analyst for higher education for the Congressional Budget Office. Dr. Longanecker has served on numerous boards and commissions and has written extensively on a range of higher education issues.

His primary interests in higher education are: access and equity; promoting student and institutional performance; finance; the efficient use of educational technologies; and internationalizing American higher education. He holds an Ed.D. from Stanford University, an M.A. in student personnel work from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in sociology from Washington State University.


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Photo of Longanecker speaking before U.S. Senate on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Longanecker Testifies before the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee WATCH WICHE'S PRESIDENT SPEAK ABOUT STATE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY

David Longanecker  discusses why an associate and two-year degrees are excellent options for some college students.