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Episode 21

Better by the Numbers

Better by the Numbers explores the use of data to increase transparency, accountability and improvement in higher education. Guests include Robert Kelchen of Seton Hall University, Sally Johnstone of NCHEMS, Michelle Asha Cooper of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Archie P. Cubarrubia of Miami Dade College, and Stephanie A. Bond Huie of The University of Texas System.

Episode 20

The State of State Higher Ed

“The State of State Higher Ed” explores higher ed issues from national and state vantage points. Guests include Jeremy Anderson of Education Commission of the States, Melissa Henderson of Educate Texas, Kenyatta Lovett of Complete Tennessee, and Michele Siqueiros of Campaign for College Opportunity.

Episode 19

Beyond Office Hours: High-Impact Advising

“Beyond Office Hours: High-Impact Advising” explores the importance of undergraduate advising in improving student outcomes. Guests from The Boston Consulting Group, Georgia State University, Florida State University, and Montgomery County Community College discuss emerging research on the ROI of advising reforms, promising institutional strategies, and where advising is heading.

Episode 18

Giving Voice to College Students

“Giving Voice to College Students” explores the reality of being a college student in 2018.  Three students—Jennifer Alberti, Monique Gatling, and Joshua Stuart—candidly recount their experiences getting into and succeeding in college.

Episode 17

New Presidents on Leadership, Innovation & Student Success

From the 2018 American Council on Education (ACE) meeting, “New Presidents on Leadership, Innovation & Student Success” explores the challenges and opportunities of modern college presidencies. José Luis Cruz, Mary Papazian and Scott Ralls engage in a conversation about what it means be a college president in 2018, and how the position has evolved over time.

Episode 16

Achieving Equity in Higher Ed

From the 2018 American Council on Education (ACE) meeting, “Achieving Equity in Higher Ed” explores the concept of equity in and beyond college. Guests Ruth Simmons, Joseph Castro, Lorelle Espinosa, and Freeman Hrabowski discuss what equity means for institutions, students, presidential leadership, and public policy.

Episode 15

Presidential Leadership in Challenging Times

From the 2018 American Council on Education (ACE) meeting, “Presidential Leadership in Challenging Times” explores current and emerging challenges. Guests Ted Mitchell, Margaret Spellings, and Ángel Cabrera discuss higher education issues, including demographic changes, demands for greater accountability, diminishing resources, and declining public support.

Episode 14

Online’s Bottom Line

"Online’s Bottom Line" previews a study, now released, from Arizona State University and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on the return-on-investment for digital learning programs at six diverse institutions. Guests examine the promise of digital learning programs in increasing access, improving student success outcomes and affordability, and lowering operational costs, and discuss best practices in the field.

Episode 13

Bridging K-12 & Higher Ed: The Gates Foundation View

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Bob Hughes, director of K-12 Education, and Dan Greenstein, director of Postsecondary Success, discuss efforts to scale innovative postsecondary policies and practices, a “refreshed” K-12 strategy, and bridging K-12 and higher ed.

Episode 11

Provosts and Digital Pedagogy

From the 2017 Educause conference, Casey Green moderates a college provost panel discussion exploring digital learning and its impact on the college completion agenda. Guests include Charles Cook of Austin Community College, Laura Niesen de Abruna of York College of Pennsylvania, and Patricia Rogers of Winona State University.

Episode 10

High Impact Higher Ed

This episode of To a Degree explores why some institutions have more success than others in helping students from low-income backgrounds move up the socioeconomic ladder. Guests include John Friedman of Brown University, Shirley Reed of South Texas College, William Covino of California State University - Los Angeles, Kevin Carey of New America, and Mark Schneider of the American Institutes for Research (AIR).