Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

June 27, 2017

Episode 6: Voices from ASU: Getting to Graduation


From the ASU+GSV Summit, this special edition of To A Degree explores the challenge of getting all students to graduation. Guests include Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College; Susana Rivera-Mills, vice provost and dean at Oregon State University; Joel Hartman, vice president and CIO at the University of Central Florida; and Eric Frank, CEO of Acrobatiq.

Segment 1: Michael J. Sorrell

Michael J. Sorrell makes the case that higher education was not designed for today’s students and describes the changes he is making at Paul Quinn College to help all students succeed.

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Paul Quinn College

Segment 2: Susana Rivera-Mills

Susana Rivera-Mills discusses Oregon State University’s adaptive learning initiative, its impact on different student populations, the importance of engaging faculty, and what is working and what could be better.

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Oregon State University

Segment 3: Joel Hartman

Joel Hartman describes why the University of Central Florida is one of the nation’s most innovative colleges, and how digital learning and scaling have enabled it to serve the changing population in Orlando.

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University of Central Florida

Segment 4: Eric Frank

Eric Frank discusses the potential of adaptive learning to transform the undergraduate experience and improve college completion, the reality of adaptive learning today and what will emerge in the future.

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Guest Bios

Michael J. Sorrell

Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th president of Paul Quinn College in Austin, Texas. Under his leadership, the school has become one of the most innovative small colleges in America and a model for urban higher education.




Susana Rivera-Mills

Susana Rivera-Mills serves as vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies at Oregon State University, where she develops mentoring programs, community partnerships and student success strategies.




Joel Hartman

As vice president for information technologies and resources at the University of Central Florida, Joel L. Hartman is responsible for the library, computing, telecommunications, media services, and distributed learning.




Eric Frank

Eric Frank is chief executive officer of Acrobatiq, which offers evidence-based personalized learning solutions. He previously worked in executive roles at Cengage and Pearson, and was co-founder and president of Flat World Knowledge.





Moderator Bio

Casey Green

Casey Green, the moderator and co-producer of To A Degree, is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of eLearning and information technology in American higher education. Check out his blog, Digital Tweed, and follow him on Twitter at @DigitalTweed.



To A Degree is produced for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation by G2 Education. Jinny Goldstein, the co-founder of G2Ed, is the executive producer of To A Degree.