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Changing Higher Ed podcast 202-Beyond Career and Job-Ready Graduates-Beating the Underemployment Odds

Beyond Career and Job-Ready Graduates: Beating the Underemployment Odds:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 202 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Kevin Grubb

In this episode of our podcast, we had the privilege of speaking with Kevin Grubb, Associate Vice Provost for Career and Professional Development at Villanova University, about the holistic approach Villanova is taking to create career and job-ready graduates.

Villanova University is setting a new standard for career readiness in higher education by integrating career development throughout the student experience, from orientation to graduation and beyond. This holistic approach recognizes that true career readiness goes beyond just skills training; it also involves supporting students’ overall wellbeing, fostering a strengths-based mindset, and preparing graduates to thrive in an increasingly complex and technologically driven world of work.

Through our conversation, Kevin shared valuable insights into the innovative strategies Villanova employs to ensure their students are not just academically prepared but also equipped with the skills, experiences, and support needed to navigate the complexities of the modern job market and achieve long-term career success.

Lifelong Learning Models for a Changing Higher Ed Marketplace | Changing Higher Ed Podcast 200 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Amrit Ahluwalia

Lifelong Learning Models for a Changing Higher Ed Marketplace:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 200 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Amrit Ahluwalia

In the 200th episode, Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Amrit Ahluwalia discuss the transformation of higher education into a key player in lifelong learning and workforce development. They address the shift in educational models to meet the needs of a rapidly changing job market, where over 60% of jobs will require new skills by 2025. The conversation focuses on redefining the role of universities to support continuous upskilling and reskilling, moving away from strictly traditional degrees towards a more flexible and accessible approach to education.

Ahluwalia and McNaughton explore how universities can evolve from their traditional role as knowledge gatekeepers to facilitators of lifelong learning. They highlight the importance of continuing education divisions in expanding access to learning and acting as drivers of socioeconomic mobility.

The episode underscores the need for universities to adopt an “Intentional Learning Outcomes” mindset and leverage continuing education to offer market-aligned credentialing and learning opportunities. This approach aims to break down financial barriers and create pathways to prosperity, positioning universities as vital to workforce development and community growth.

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 196 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Paul Weiss – A Win-Win Partnership for Universities and Older Adults- Engage Seniors, Enrich Your Community

A Win-Win Partnership for Universities and Older Adults: Engage Seniors, Enrich Your Community:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 196 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Paul Weiss

Discover the untapped potential of engaging seniors in higher education in our latest episode. We spotlight the Oasis Institute’s pivotal role in fostering lifelong learning, health, and civic engagement, and its dynamic collaborations with universities.

Learn about the multiple benefits that are enriching educational experiences for seniors and injecting fresh perspectives into the academic realm.

This conversation offers a glimpse into how these partnerships bridge generational divides, catalyze community enrichment, improve civic and philanthropic engagement, and bolster university research.

You’ll hear innovative strategies that leverage the wisdom and experience of older adults, revealing a path to a more inclusive, vibrant educational ecosystem.

Listen to the podcast, read the extended show summary, or read the transcript for an enriching discourse on the symbiotic relationship between higher education and senior engagement.

Changing Higher Podcast - A More Efficient University Business Model For The Win - Part 2 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Dr. Melik Khoury President and CEO of Unity Environmental University

A More Efficient University Business Model For The Win – Part 2:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 195 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Dr. Melik Khoury

Faced with an overwhelming number of complex issues, the higher education sector must urgently develop and adopt innovative business models to transform itself into a more accessible, affordable, and future-proof system. Dr. Melik Khoury, whose visionary approach and adaptation of the university business model has navigated his institution through tumultuous times and set a new standard for academic excellence and operational efficiency.

Dr. Drumm McNaughton welcomes Dr. Khoury back for part two of the series to share his insights on leading Unity Environmental University to unprecedented growth with a revolutionary and highly efficient university business model. With a background rich in guiding higher education institutions through periods of disruption, Dr. Khoury’s tenure at Unity is marked by a significant increase in enrollment, substantial budget growth, a halving of tuition fees, and significant debt reduction—all achieved amid the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Remember to visit part one which covers the leadership approach, an agile enterprise model, Sustainable Education Business Units (SEBUs), and the non-traditional org chart.

Washington Update: Title IX, Student Debt, NC-SARA, and Debt Ceiling Negotiations - Changing Higher Ed Podcast Cover with a picture of Drumm McNaughton and Tom Netting

Washington Update: Title IX, Student Debt, NC-SARA, and Debt Ceiling Negotiations:

Changing Higher Education Podcast 158 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Tom Netting

A lot has been happening up on The Hill that affects higher education. In this Washington Update podcast, Dr. Drumm McNaughton catches up on the latest news with Tom Netting, president of TEN Government Strategies, who advocates before Congress, federal agencies, and state governments on behalf of private institutions of higher education and post-secondary education companies.

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