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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.

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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 :)

iTunes Ratings

7 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
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1
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0

Thoughtful and informative

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

Second Anniversary

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

Latest release on Nov 29, 2017

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Martha Kanter: The Promise of the College Promise Campaign

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Martha Kanter, former U.S. Under Secretary with oversight responsibility for all federal postsecondary statutory, regulatory and administrative policies and programs in the Obama Administration, currently leads the College Promise Campaign’s national initiative to increase college access, affordability, quality and completion. There are currently over 200 College Promise Campaigns in 16 states. Martha describes how the national, non-profit, non-partisan campaign evolved and cites specific programs as well as creative public and private funding mechanisms. In addition to implications for workforce development, Martha discusses various views on the initiative, the value of community stakeholder engagement, and importance of support for students.

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Seeking to support free, universal and supported higher education for all students in the country for at least the first two years (1:33)
Recapturing the country’s historical commitment to higher education and leveraging College Promise programs already underway in several states (3:45)
Mining creative ways of leveraging funds to support higher education for more students Ventura College Promise, the Boston Bridge (3:42)
Achieving financial sustainability for college promise programs (:24)
Addressing policy and funding concerns about College Promise: what do critical voices say? (4:32)
Joining business and education partners to advance workforce development (3:23)
Building a college-going culture and work- ethic curriculum to support students in achieving their potential (2:38)

Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network

Nov 29 2017

22mins

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Author’s Series – Jeffrey Selingo: There is Life After College

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Jeff Selingo, who has written about higher education for two decades, discusses his third book, There is Life After College. After making observations about the evolution of higher education in the context of demographics, technology, the launch of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and more recent shifts in the job market, he identifies types of students (sprinters, wanderers and stragglers) and their methods of navigation. When asked about the influence of policy, Jeff was clear to say current policies lag behind as they are focused primarily on traditional students and would be more useful if they supported multiple pathways to and through college. Such pathways acknowledge needs for apprenticeships (as another after high school option), remediation, access to aid for those who, for one reason or another, have delayed degree completion, and accommodations for access to higher education in shorter time periods (not all at once). The final suggestion aligns with Radio Higher Ed contributor Tony Carnevale’s ideas about the need for flexibility in the credentialing system. Jeff also concurs with contributors Arum and Roksa that more rigors are necessary and suggests that students need more advising support. He has revised his ideas on the value of unbundling based on an advanced understanding of the economies (pedagogical and fiscal) of the current system and proposes restructuring staffing, to allow for more flexibility. Ideas for reducing costs of higher education include using technology in new ways; reducing access to amenities (climbing walls, sports programs, etc.) and changing tenure. His future focus will be on advances in artificial intelligence, workforce automation and the gig economy.

Individual Questions:
How higher education has evolved: key influences (1:45)
Pathways into the economy: students as sprinters, wanderers and stragglers (1:11)
Multiple pathways and lifelong learning (2:35)
The need for greater academic rigor and help for students in navigating college (3:29)
Thoughts about reducing the cost of higher education: unbundling, technology and tenure. (6:16)
The magic wand: addressing the challenges of higher education today. (3:36)
Teaching, service and research: sustaining the creation of knowledge (2:15)
On the horizon: what’s next for Jeff’s work? (1:41)

Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network

Jun 14 2017

25mins

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William Herbert: A Primer on Unionization and Collective Bargaining in U.S. Higher Education Institutions

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This primer on collective bargaining in higher education traces historical developments of unionization in public and private institutions as well as among tenure track, non-tenure-track faulty and graduate students. In the last five years, unionization activity has increased over 25% in the private sector, mostly in adjunct faculty units. While institutions can participate in voluntary collective bargaining activities, agreements in a formal collective bargaining context include clear rules applicable to the entire bargaining unit and enforcement mechanisms. The emergence of micro bargaining units (department level activity), and specifics of the unionization process are discussed. Specific unions that work with higher education institutions are named. Mandatory subjects in the collective bargaining process include salary, hours, healthcare, pension, professional development grievance, antidiscrimination, academic freedom, tenure, use of facilities, appointment and reappointment details, leaves, holidays, evaluations, personnel files, disciplinary actions, research and fellowship monies. Institutions may resist unionization due to flexibility limitations, institutional concept of shared governance and fiscal implications that may result from compensation negotiations. It is likely that unionization will continue to increase for non-tenure track faculty in the private sector. Regularity of access to faculty by students may be aided by collective bargaining.

Individual Questions:
Collective Bargaining defined (:48)
An analysis of historical trends in unionization and collective bargaining U.S. higher education institutions (3:37)
The impact of new collective bargaining rights and regulations on the culture and shared governance of IHE’s (4:40)
The evolution of collective bargaining activity among adjunct (contingent) faculty and graduate students (4:42)
The relative rights of tenure track and non-tenure track faculty under the National Labor Relations Act (4:05)
Differences between public and private institutions in collective bargaining and the composition of bargaining units (2:29)
A description of the process of unionization at IHE’s and the emergence of micro bargaining units (5:06)
Unions most often selected for collective bargaining by IHE’s (1:31)
Mandatory and permissive subjects of collective bargaining (1:04)
Reasons colleges and universities might resist unionization (3:11)
What the future holds for unionization in higher education (1:49)
The impact of unionization on institutions, students and the public (4:27)
Ways to contact the Center and access The Winds of Changes Shift: An Analysis of Recent Growth in Bargaining Units and Representation Efforts in Higher Education by William Herbert (:53)

Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network

Mar 21 2017

41mins

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Aimee Guidera and Mamie Voight on Federal Unit Records: Use of Student Unit Records Data to Improve Higher Education Outcomes

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Aimee Guidera and Mamie Voight discuss their perspectives on the value and nuances of adopting a Federal unit record system.  In addition to issues that motivate interest, current status of data collection and challenges are addressed.  Contributors elaborated on infrastructure requirements and improvements possible without a Federal system.  Implications of non-adoption and evolution of the Congressional climate necessary for adoption were considered.

Individual Questions:
Issues that motivate interest in student data systems (2:37)
Organizational collaborations (1:11)
Data collection system objectives focused on decision making (1:05)
Comprehensive nature of data collected (:48)
Challenges in the use of student level data systems (7:17)
Possible uses of a Federal unit record system (3:38)
One example of a successful state-wide longitudinal data system helping to ensure more students are prepared for college (2:59)
Investments and processes necessary to support use of longitudinal systems (2:03)
Data use improvements possible short of implementing a Federal unit record system (5:39)
Usefulness of an information infrastructure to determine the value of educational investment (4:28)
Use of data to improve student success outcomes (1:55)
Privacy, security and the importance of adopting best practices (6:29)
Lost opportunities resulting from the federal ban on unit records (8:44)
Evolving congressional climate and possible future policy interest in collecting and linking data (5:44)
RHE’s complete interview with Aimee Guidera, President and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) (31:54)
RHE’s complete interview with Mamie Voight, Director of Policy Research at the Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP) (32:15)

Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network

Jan 19 2017

56mins

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Direct Loan Servicing: Strengths and Weaknesses/The Borrower Perspective

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Jennifer Wang, D.C. Office Director for The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), presents the borrower’s perspective on how federal student loan servicing can be improved..

Individual Questions:
How direct lending helps borrowers manage repayment of their loans (1:44)
Common borrower complaints about the current loan servicing system (6:36)
Potential advancements in the design and management of loan servicing for borrowers (4:41)
Use of servicer-level data to improve the borrower experience (1:27)

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Dec 15 2016

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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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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)

Podcast Intro and Exit music by Mishka (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Sep 21 2016

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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)

Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network

Jun 23 2016

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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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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)

Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network

May 04 2016

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