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Seasoned post secondary education leaders Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon provide credible, relevant, and current analysis and commentary on higher education issues and policies.

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Seasoned post secondary education leaders Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon provide credible, relevant, and current analysis and commentary on higher education issues and policies.

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Thoughtful and informative

By mr6424 - Sep 13 2017
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This show covers deep topics in the higher education field. Guests are highly knowledgeable and thoughtful.

Second Anniversary

By KGDodge - Nov 16 2013
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great to see follow up interviews with guests….helps everyone be more accountable :)

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7 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Thoughtful and informative

By mr6424 - Sep 13 2017
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This show covers deep topics in the higher education field. Guests are highly knowledgeable and thoughtful.

Second Anniversary

By KGDodge - Nov 16 2013
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great to see follow up interviews with guests….helps everyone be more accountable :)

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Radio Higher Ed

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Seasoned post secondary education leaders Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon provide credible, relevant, and current analysis and commentary on higher education issues and policies.

Rank #1: Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes

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Dr. Timothy M. Renick, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor at Georgia State University shares his views on how student achievement data can be used to improve the quality of higher education.  Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes, is a podcast designed and produced in partnership with Postsecondary National Policy Institute

Individual Questions:
Strengths of the current system of quality assurance (1:09)
The quality and effective use of data in higher education (5:22)
How Georgia State University is using data to improve student outcomes (3:34)
Challenges of implementation in the Georgia State model (3:43)
Changes needed to more widely improve student achievement in higher education. (4:10)
Bringing innovation to the broader higher education community (3:00)
Bonus content: Former federal policy maker, David Bergeron, shares his perspective on how data can be used at the national level to assure quality of higher education institutions. (5:36)

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Jun 11 2016

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Rank #2: Pamela Tate: CAEL Influencing higher education reform for contemporary students

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Individual Questions:
CAEL’s pioneering work to reduce higher education barriers for students (2:12)
CAEL’s role in helping industry provide navigation help for students to return to college (:35)
How PLA accelerates progress toward degree completion (1:22)
PLA, competency-based education and direct assessment explained (1:59)
Evolution of PLA: progress toward a national set of practices for higher education (2:35)
PLA as a key piece of the College Completion Agenda (1:56)
Relating PLA and student motivation to complete degrees (:54)
Quality, rigor and the important role of faculty in PLA (1:07)
Early adopters of PLA (1:23)
Prior Learning Assessment and Transfer of Credit (2:55)
Forces in higher education creating a more accepting environment for PLA and other innovation (2:16)
PLA as a key tool for 50% of higher education students who cannot afford traditional higher (4:00)
Alternative models of higher education and outcomes-focused quality assurance (5:05)
FutureLink helps students see connections between education and career pathways (5:58)
The need for greater Title IV and GI Bill support for the “3-credit learner.” (3:05)
Learning Counts, nactel.com, epceonline.org provide information on education and industry coalitions (1:26)
Analysis by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon (11:41)

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May 18 2014

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Rank #3: Federal Student Loan Servicing: A Podcast Primer

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Ben Miller, Senior Director of Postsecondary Education at the Center for American Progress explains the role of Direct Loan servicers, the relationship between servicers and the U.S. Department of Education and the assistance servicers provide in helping borrowers manage and pay back their student loans.

Individual Questions:
How loan servicers help borrowers manage repayment of their loans (1:08)
The role of the federal government in student loan servicing (:42)
Companies that service student loans and how they were selected (2:38)
The roles and responsibilities of loan servicers (2:38)
Explaining loan default and tools servicers use to help borrowers prevent defaults (1:06)
The Department’s rules for assigning loans to servicers (11:54)

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Sep 21 2016

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Rank #4: Ralph Wolff: Provocative Ideas about Accreditation from Former WASC President

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Individual Questions:
Accreditation’s fall from grace (4:28)
Reforming accreditation (6:09)
Becoming learning-centered and outcomes focused (8:03)
Creating a coherent understanding of what degrees mean (3:12)
From a regional frame to a national policy imperative: Creating a common language (3:58)
What is working in accreditation and should remain? (6:05)
A Federal ratings system (2:26)
Greater ED involvement in accreditation (6:04)
Quality assurance and innovation (6:12)
Keeping the best of accreditation (1:41)
Accreditation reform through inspiration and exploration (4:55)
Analysis by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon (11:41)

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Jun 15 2014

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Rank #5: A Finer Point with Brandon Busteed: Gallup-Purdue Index Challenges Higher Ed Return on Investment Debate

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A Finer Point with Brandon Busteed: Gallup-Purdue Index Challenges Higher Ed Return on Investment Debate

May 28 2014

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Rank #6: A Finer Point: Zakiya Smith on needed reform to federal financial aid policy

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A Finer Point: Zakiya Smith on needed reform to federal financial aid policy

Jun 28 2014

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Rank #7: Federal Student Loan Servicing: Strengths and Weaknesses/Financial Aid Administrator Perspective

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Justin Draeger, President of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (“NASFAA”) presents the perspective of institutions and student financial aid administrators on how student loan servicing can be improved.

Individual Questions:
Why institutions are concerned about student borrower repayment (:42)
Competition as a strength of the direct lending system (:56)
Challenges presented by inconsistent practices among servicers (1:32)
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) as the main driver in formulating stronger servicing requirements (1:50)
Thoughts on  one single solution provider v. competition among multiple servicers (2:34)
ED’s outline for improving the student loan servicing system (1:38)
A possible congressional initiative: greater simplicity of repayment plans (1:57)
Dealing with opacity in practices among servicers: the potential value of a servicer manual (3:13)

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Nov 26 2016

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Rank #8: Sarah Flanagan on Federal unit records: Use of student unit records data to improve higher education outcomes.

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Sarah Flanagan of NAICU brings Radio Higher Ed listeners up to date on the Federal unit records system debate in higher education.

Individual Questions:
Framing the arguments for and against a federal unit records system (2:41)
The existing student unit record system and accountability for federal funds (1:33)
Key factors of interest to families making college decisions (2:05)
Unit Records and student achievement: a moving target (1:55)
Congressional prohibition on federal unit records: good policy or lost opportunity? (2:12)
A new generation of privacy concerns at the federal and state level (2:15)
Perspectives on the future of the federal unit records? (3:13)

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Jun 23 2016

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Rank #9: Paul Lingenfelter on Federal unit records: Use of Student Unit Records Data to Improve Higher Education Outcomes

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Paul Lingenfelter, former President of the State Higher Education Executive Officers provides historical context and perspective on the debate surrounding a Federal unit records system for higher education.

Individual Questions:
Framing the federal unit records system debate; why SHEEO supports this initiative (1:38)
Why Congress enacted a prohibition against a federal unit records system (1:03)
Opposing voices on unit records (3:06)
One advocate’s vision for a unit records system in a perfect world (1:18)
How advances in data collection and maintenance have informed progress on privacy issues (1:34)
The impact of trend toward greater transparency on the unit records debate (2:01)
Resistance to unit records at the state level (3:23)
But for the statutory prohibition on a federal unit records system, what would be the status on the topic (5:07)
Big ideas for higher education reform in the next HEA reauthorization (1:32)
Paul’s latest book project on the topic of student data: Proof, Policy and Practice, Understanding the Role of Evidence in Improving Education (1:06)

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May 04 2016

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Rank #10: Million Missing Jobs: The Lingering Pain of the Great Recession

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The director of the Center for Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, Anthony Carnevale, returns to Radio Higher Ed in a Finer Point podcast to discuss the Center’s recent research, Million Missing Jobs: The Lingering Pain of the Great Recession.

Individual Questions:
Access to higher education with economic value: a critical need in today’s economy (2:02)
Why field of study matters most (1:48)
Return on investment: How the Center’s work compares with Gallup and Quality Matters(1:57)
The impact of structural changes in the economy on higher education and its value (4:14)
New research considers the over-representation of minorities in lower paying majors (5:39)
Comparing recent proposals for higher ed reform (4:07)
Counsel for the next President of the U.S (4:41)

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Feb 21 2016

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Rank #11: The Seven Futures of American Education, Teaching and Learning in a Screen Captured World

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Author of, John Sener, discusses the impact of technology enabled learning on American higher education.

Individual Questions:
Education’s irretrievable dependency on digital technologies (:46)
Redefining knowledge, redistribution of access and renegotiating authority in education (2:26)
The powerful combination of digital technology and education’s new found cultural importance (1:21)
What’s next for higher education? Differing perspectives create a muddled picture (5:50)
The shift from providing instruction to producing results accelerates the need for digital technology (2:55)
The role of digital technology in the accountability discussion (2:38)
Promoting new strategies for improving higher education: how to create an equitable education system (2:18)

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Jan 07 2016

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Rank #12: College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education

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Author of College Disrupted, Ryan Craig, discusses the impact of “unbundling” on the future of higher education

Individual Questions:
The inspiration behind College Disrupted (1:18)
Unbundling of degrees in higher education, driving toward a competency marketplace and the potential impact on student debt (7:21)
Overcoming isomorphism and improving the return on investment for ALL students (4:48)
Initiatives that bend the cost-curve and improve completion (8:39)
Collaboration inspires new concepts focused on improved student performance (2:11)
Considering policy context and constraints on innovation (3:08)
Moving from an enterprise software model to a customer for life model (2:02)

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Nov 28 2015

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Rank #13: Tom Mortenson: The Impact of Financial Decisions on Access and Opportunity

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Tom Mortenson discusses how U.S. education fiscal policies at the state and federal level have impacted access to college and our country’s position in the global human capital economy.

Individual Questions:
Access defined: preparation for college, transition into college, and persistence through higher education (:55)
A focus on the needs of underrepresented low income students and boys (2:24)
The impact of state and national funding trends on higher education (5:04)
Unpacking the current debate over “free college.” (2:49)
Influences in higher education that undercut the K-12 attainment of low income students (2:27)
Understanding the impact of U.S. policy choices since 1980 on our competitive position in the global human capital economy (4:35)
Relating the affordability of college for the lowest income students to changes in tax policies and need-based grants (5:36)
The debate over a unit record data tracking system (3:33)
Defining quality as a Return on Investment: Not just about “putting gidgets on widgets.” (4:15)
Tom’s magic wand: Funding college based on excellence and a sincere commitment to serving low income students (7:28)

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Oct 27 2015

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Rank #14: Deliverology in Practice: A Measured Approach to Realizing Success in Higher Education

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Co-Author of Deliverology in Practice, Ellyn Artis discusses the promise of the delivery approach to reforming higher education.

Individual Questions:
The inspiration behind Deliverology In Practice: Creating a framework for getting things done in higher education (2:01)
Five critical questions for implementing the delivery approach (2:48)
Lessons learned from the field (2:38)
Leadership matters: The need for formal and informal authority in getting to the goal (2:20)
Incorporating the best of traditional change management structures (1:55)
Getting the project to scale: working through university systems and campus networks (1:50)
The research horizon: helping to clarify the goals of the completion agenda by staying true to the science of delivery (2:31)

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Oct 04 2015

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Rank #15: Graduate Loan Debt: Re-examining Financing Structures to Improve Access and Affordability for Graduate Education

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Chris Chapman, CEO of Access Group puts a finer point on challenges associated with student loan debt with a focus on financing structures for graduate students.

Individual Questions:
Holistic approaches to financing graduate education (3:04)
Improving current financing structures for graduate students (4:25)
State policy funding initiatives for graduate students (2:28)
Judging the value of graduate education as a priority for federal student aid funding (2:41)
Strategies for balancing quality and investment. (5:06)
The magic wand question: aligning incentives and policy in a way that balances access and affordability (2:44)

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Aug 23 2015

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Rank #16: Accreditation: Will We Love It or Leave It or Reform it?

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Four different perspectives on the strengths and challenges facing accreditation as our primary quality assurance process for higher education and the reforms that may be in the future.

Individual Questions: Compliance vs. quality improvement, where should the emphasis lie? (10:14) Accreditation Reforms: What should be considered by Congress in the next Higher Education Act reauthorization? (10:18) Are criticisms of accreditation: that it is a barrier to innovation and lacks transparency, justified? (6:26) Transparency of standards, process, outcomes and terminology. (7:43) Ratings and Rankings: Can they co-exist with accreditation? (9:40) Comparative institutional data: Does it inevitably lead to bright line benchmarks? (2:43) What is in the future? Quality assurance for non-institutional providers? Different regulations for programmatic accreditors?
Risk-based accreditation? An end to the “federal war on for-profits?” (23:10)

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Aug 05 2015

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Rank #17: Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates

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Welcome to the first of Radio Higher Ed’s Author’s Series featuring Drs. Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, authors of Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates. This work documents approximately one thousand recent college graduates’ successes and hardships, and finds that despite having successfully completed four-year college degrees, many of the graduates are struggling to transition into traditional adult roles.

In this follow-up to Academically Adrift, Arum and Roksa argue that colleges and universities need to enhance academic rigor and assessment to improve student learning outcomes and support graduates’ early life-course success. To learn more about this work, visit the project page at http://highered.ssrc.org/publications/aspiring-adults-adrift/.

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Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates

Jul 16 2015

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Rank #18: Sarah Pingel and Brian Prescott: Principles for Use in Redesigning State Financial Aid

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Sarah Pingel from Education Commission of the States (“ECS”) and Brian Prescott from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (“WICHE”) share the details of a recently released ECS Report on guiding principles for state financial aid redesign: student-centered, goal driven and data informed, timely and flexible and broadly inclusive of student’s educational pathways.

Individual Questions:
TThe impetus behind the Education Commission of the States (“ECS”) Report (2:10)
Concerns about college affordability trigger support for ECS’s work (:26)
The importance of engaging the states in financial aid redesign (1:16)
The demographic trends that are driving the need for changes in financial aid policy (1:07)
States that are aligning state financial aid policy with a new student demographic and their specific needs (1:48)
State initiatives to simplify application processes for financial aid (:54)
A fifty-state website on financial aid redesign www.financialaidredesign.org and Technical Assistance Awards for states advancing financial aid redesign initiatives (2:11)
ECS support in moving states to their own goals (:51)
Connections between outcomes-based funding and state goals (:40)
Aligning state and federal goals in financial aid policy: the tug of war between appropriations and tuition policy (3:42)
Steering institutional behaviors to better serve student attainment (6:12)
Marrying state merit-based and need-based funding programs (3:48)
Making equity gaps disappear and measuring success (4:15)

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Jun 01 2015

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Rank #19: Andrew Kelly: Completion, Costs and Value of a College Education

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Author and Director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute (“AEI”) Andrew Kelly examines college affordability and return on investment including the relation of degrees to labor market success, new tools to help families afford higher education and efficiencies created by innovative program design and delivery.

Individual Questions:
The national focus on college completion: The magnitude of the challenge (2:46)
Is a college degree still the key to labor market success? Thoughts on reality vs. perception (3:46)
College affordability: Drivers of increased costs and arming families with facts regarding the return on investment (6:04)
Income Share Agreements: The role of risk and value in program choice (7:00)
The role of innovation in accelerating time to degree (4:28)
Relating higher education innovation and regulatory reform: Do we need an innovation accreditor? (5:10)
Timeline and focus of reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (5:13)

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May 10 2015

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Rank #20: Martha Snyder: Setting A Context for Outcomes-Based Funding Models

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Martha Snyder, Senior Associate with HCM Strategies joins Radio Higher Ed to discuss her recently released paper entitled “Better Outcomes” which examines the typology and principles that inform outcomes based funding models for higher education.

Individual Questions:
The state policy agenda: linkages between outcomes based funding (“OBF”) models and state higher education attainment needs(1:44)
Distinguishing outcomes based funding from historical enrollment/budget based models(4:22)
Does outcomes-based funding really improve attainment?(3:12)
Unintended consequences of OBF and the importance of maintaining quality (2:40)
Opting in and out: why would certain states choose not to participate? (2:42)
Stakeholder buy-in and other common elements of successful OBF initiatives (4:18)
Relating other policy initiatives to OBF (2:14)
The need for customization: accounting for individual state needs, priorities and governance(1:57)
Martha’s magic wand: no artificial barriers to higher education attainment for students (1:05)
Analysis: Commentators explore additional themes including retention and programmatic application for OBF (6:20)

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Mar 22 2015

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