Joe May, the chancellor of the Dallas County (Texas) Community College District, joins Jeff and Michael to talk about how his institutions discovered the barriers to student success, what they’re doing to help students overcome them, and the importance of upskilling local residents who feel left behind in the new economy.
Michael and Jeff sat down with Beth Akers, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the co-author of “Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt.” Among the student debt issues she discusses, she explains why she thinks student loan forgiveness is a “pie in the sky idea.”
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels talks to Jeff and Michael about the innovations he’s brought to Purdue since arriving there in 2013. The former Indiana governor also talked about what he’s learned on his journey from elected official to college administrator.
Jeff puts Michael on the hot seat along with his coauthor of Choosing College, Bob Moesta, for this episode as he grills them about their new book (click to purchase Choosing College). They explore why students choose the school they do and what that means for designing better educational experiences, whether more data would help students make better choices, and how choosing a college is kind of like buying a mattress.
Michael and Jeff wrap up Season 2 of Future U by answering some of our listener questions.
MIT professor Anant Agarwal, the founder and CEO of edX, a non-profit online learning destination, talks with Michael and Jeff about the evolution and impact of edX and how it competes with the growing for-profit online education industry.