Season 4, Episode 6: The hybrid university

When we think of hybrid education we tend to think of the classroom–a mix between online and face-to-face learning. In this episode, Marni Baker Stein, provost and chief academic officer at Western Governors University talks about how the fast-growing online institution had to rethink all its services and offerings to students in the virtual world, providing a roadmap to traditional institutions in what a hybrid world after Covid-19 might look like. 

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Season 4, Episode 5: Blurring the lines of the university

Southern New Hampshire University has skyrocketed to the top of largest higher education institutions over the past decade, as its president, Paul LeBlanc, has led it through a dramatic transformation. In this episode, LeBlanc talks about the perilous state of higher education, its importance for the nation and world, what Covid-19 and the recession will and won’t accelerate, and how the distinction between learning online and on campus may fade in the years to come.

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Season 4, Episode 4: Will graduate schools face a reckoning in 2020?

With international enrollment down sharply, especially in STEM fields, and potential students questioning the worth of mostly online education, how can graduate schools adapt and innovate? We talk to David Poole of the University of Miami College of Engineering and Jillian Baer of Liaison International about graduate admissions in 2020 and beyond.

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Season 4, Episode 3: Who Gets In and Why

Jeff and Michael preview Jeff’s new book, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, which goes on sale September 15. Jeff, who embedded in three different college admissions offices, pulls back the curtain on how admissions decisions get made and discusses how their choices are much more than just GPAs and test scores.

Please make sure to order your own copy of Jeff’s book today!

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Season 4, Episode 2: Reversing Course on the Fall

Higher education is now facing another fall of remote learning, just months after many colleges and universities had announced they’d be coming back to campus. Jeff and Michael talk to the president and CFO at one of the first institutions that decided to reverse course, Dickinson College. They also catch up with the College Crisis Initiative at Davidson College.

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Season 4, Episode 1: Kicking Off a Fall Like No Other

Is summer over already? Higher ed didn’t have much of a summer break this year, and Michael and Jeff begin the fourth season of FutureU by reviewing the big headlines and talk about the trends that will shape the coming academic year — as well as a preview of Jeff’s new book that will be released in September.

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Episode 61: The End of a Crazy Year

When Michael and Jeff began season three of the podcast last August, few could have imagined the disruptions to higher ed and the country by the time this season comes to a close. In the last episode before the regular summer hiatus, Michael and Jeff look back on their favorite episodes and ahead on the issues that will shape the coming months.

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Episode 60: Calculating the ROI of Higher Ed

Martin Van Der Werf from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce joins the podcast to discuss the center’s attempts to rank colleges and universities on the return on investment of their degrees.

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Episode 59: A president and provost on plans for the fall

As colleges and universities announce their plans for getting students back on campus, Michael and Jeff talk with Farnam Jahanian, president of Carnegie Mellon University and Lenore Rodicio, provost at Miami Dade College about their approaches to returning this fall.

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Episode 58: Will COVID-19 Permanently Change Instruction and Costs In Higher Ed?

John Katzman, founder and CEO of Noodle Partners, and Ben Nelson, founder and CEO of the Minerva Project, join Jeff and Michael to talk about how COVID-19 might transform higher education in the longer – and what institutions should be doing in response.

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Episode 57: The Three Digital Waves of Higher Ed in a Pandemic

Fernando Bleichmar from Cengage joins Michael and Jeff to talk about three waves of the higher ed response to Covid-19, what’s worked and not worked on campuses, and the results of a new survey of faculty and institutions the company conducted with the Online Learning Consortium, UPCEA, and other organizations.

This episode of Future U is brought to you by Cengage.

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Episode 56: The Coming Enrollment Crunch

What happens to enrollment and revenue for colleges and universities in the next few months amidst a recession and COVID-19 shuttering physical campuses remains uncertain. Deloitte’s Pete Fritz joined Jeff and Michael to talk through how universities should plan and what’s likely to happen.

This episode of Future U is brought to you by Deloitte’s Center for Higher Education Excellence.

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Episode 55: Leading a Liberal Arts College During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Carol Quillen, president of Davidson College, is the guest with Michael and Jeff to talk about how to build community with students spread out and maintain a college’s vision and mission in the midst of crisis management.

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Episode 54: Keeping a University Financially Sustainable During the Coronavirus Crisis

Deloitte’s Scott Friedman and Tim Hurley join Jeff and Michael to talk about what the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be on university finances and how institutions can plan their cash flow in the rocky months ahead.

This episode of Future U is brought to you by Deloitte’s Center for Higher Education Excellence.

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Episode 53: Managing the Coronavirus Crisis: On the Front Lines with Northeastern University

The co-chair of Northeastern’s COVID-19 task force, Mike Armini, joins Michael and Jeff to discuss what’s next for university planning after most institutions have sent their residential students home and shifted to remote learning for the rest of the spring semester.

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Episode 52: Balancing the Tradeoffs in Admissions

Angel B. Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College, in Hartford, joins Jeff and guest co-host Karin Fischer to discuss his efforts to bring socioeconomic diversity to a liberal arts college and the tradeoffs admissions deans need to make to fulfill institutional priorities.

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Episode 51: The Quick Pivot to Remote Education

A provost at a regional public university and a faculty member at a private college join Michael and Jeff to talk about what it’s really like to turn a residential campus into a virtual one almost overnight.

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Episode 49: The Opportunities for Small Colleges

Mary Marcy, the president of Dominican University of California joins Jeff and Michael to talk about her new book The Small College Imperative, and how such institutions can innovate. She also shares lessons from her own innovations, including a partnership with a coding school.

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Episode 48: Reporters’ Roundtable

Jeff sits down with reporters Goldie Blumenstyk of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Open Campus’s Sara Hebel, and Paul Fain of Inside Higher Ed to discuss this year’s biggest stories and most interesting trends in higher education.

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Episode 47: Higher ed as a strategic priority for a state

Louisiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education, Kim Hunter Reed, join Jeff and guest co-host Paul Fain to talk about the state’s new master plan for higher ed, which sets an ambitious goal for doubling the number of credentials produced annually.

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Episode 46: The controversy behind transparency

Edmit cofounders Sabrina Manville and Nick Ducoff join Michael and Jeff to talk about the controversy behind their projections of the financial collapse of certain colleges and universities–and how their efforts are intended to help families make better financial decisions around college.

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Episode 44: Community College Innovation

Marcia Ballinger, the president of Lorain County (Ohio) Community College, talks to Jeff and Michael about some of the approaches she’s implemented that have resulted in boosting student success, including guided pathways and CUNY ASAP.

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Episode 43: The Real Story of Student Success

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.

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Episode 42: Game of Loans

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.”

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Episode 41: A Governor Goes to College

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.

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Episode 40: Choosing College

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.

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Episode 34: Live from ASU-GSV, Day 2

In a round of lightning interviews in front of a studio audience at the annual ASU-GSV summit, Michael and guest co-host Goldie Blumenstyk of the Chronicle for Higher Education dig in with two of the hottest young companies in education and training, the president who helped turn a struggling university around, and the longest-tenured member of the Gates Foundation’s postsecondary success team.

Show note: Here’s a link to the story in the Chronicle that was referenced in this episode.

Episode 30: Can a 100-year-old organization shape the next generation of higher ed?

The president of American Council on Education Ted Mitchell joins Michael and Jeff to discuss his organization’s role in a future where colleges and universities may not have a monopoly on producing content but can lead on quality assurance. Mitchell, a former college president and undersecretary of education in the Obama administration, also talked about the differences in being an advocate for the government vs. higher ed and how to restore public trust in colleges and universities.

Episode 27: The Eroding Partnership Between Higher Education and the Public

Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein, authors of the book “Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership Between America and Its Colleges and Universities,” talk to Michael and Jeff about the tenuous relationship between higher education and the public, especially the lack of clarity of what roles students, faculty, administrators and government officials should have in that relationship.