David Tandberg

Senior Vice President of Policy Research and Strategic Initiatives

David Tandberg joined SHEEO in July 2016. He serves as senior vice president for policy research and strategic initiatives. In this role, Dr. Tandberg leads SHEEO’s policy evaluation and research initiatives and SHEEO’s efforts to connect empirical research to state practice and policy. He also helps lead SHEEO’s strategic direction and partnerships. He is the lead editor of a book dedicated to the investigation of the state higher education executive officer that was published July 2018 by Teachers College Press. Previously, Dr. Tandberg served as an associate professor of higher education and an associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University. As an academic researcher, his research was published in numerous peer-reviewed outlets. Before joining Florida State University, Tandberg served as a special assistant to the secretary of education in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, focused on postsecondary policy development and implementation. Dr. Tandberg earned a B.A. in history and government and secondary education/social studies from Adams State College, and a master’s in political science and a Ph.D. in higher education from Penn State University.
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Improving State Authorization: The State Role in Ensuring Quality and Consumer Protection in Higher Education

by David Tandberg, Ellie M. Brucker, & Dustin Weeden

A renewed level of interest in and scrutiny of public accountability of higher education has recently been fueled by a wave of institutional closures; the proliferation of distance education providers and programs; changes in education technology; questions regarding quality, student learning, and the effectiveness of institutional accreditation; and efforts to spur innovation and create on-ramps for new and different education providers. While much of the attention has focused on the…

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Quality Assurance and Improvement in Higher Education: The Role of the States

by David Tandberg & Rebecca Martin

Higher education is facing a host of challenges, including external questions regarding its value and purpose. These questions cut to the core of the states’ role in higher education. Traditionally, states have the responsibility to ensure that institutions of higher education are operating in the public interest and that the institutions are good stewards of their public resources. Central to this responsibility is the question of institutional and educational quality.…

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Response to Senators’ letter RE student borrowers of color

by David Tandberg

Friday, February 15, 2019 David Tandberg, SHEEO vice president for policy research and strategic initiatives, was asked by Senators Jones, Warren, Harris and Masto to review and react to a letter they produced regarding racial disparities in student debt and broader challenges faced by students of color in college and career training. Dr. Tandberg’s response can be read here. The views expressed in his response are those of the author alone…

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