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Changing Higher Ed Podcast 164: The Impact of Crushing Student Debt on American Society: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

The Impact of Crushing Student Debt on American Society: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions:

Changing Higher Education Podcast 164 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest David Linton

Crushing student debt is negatively impacting American society. Rising tuition and higher student debt is saddling students and graduates with more stress. Undeterred by reports showing that people with student debt can negatively affect society, the Supreme Court recently ruled that $1.7 trillion in student debt cannot be forgiven despite what the HEA clearly states in the statutes.

 Improving Institutional Accreditation Transparency - A Call for Change and the Need for Accountability - The Change Leader circled with links to accreditation components

Improving Institutional Accreditation Transparency:

A Call for Change and the Need for Accountability

Why is accreditation transparency important? Accreditors serve as the gatekeepers for over $150 billion in financial aid. Institutional accreditation is the gold standard for higher education institutions in the US and globally. Indeed, without accreditation, most employers and other universities and colleges will not accept a degree from a graduate, whether for employment or graduate school. Colleges and universities are only eligible for federal financial aid if accredited by a Department of Education-approved accreditor. And most importantly, they will attract quality faculty or students to deliver degrees only if an institution is accredited.

Changing Higher Podcast 157 - with guests Kathryn Campbell and Zack Mabel - Overcoming Barriers in Higher Ed: Strategies for Student Success and Employability

Overcoming Barriers in Higher Ed: Strategies for Student Success and Employability:

Changing Higher Education Podcast 157 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guests Kathryn Campbell and Dr. Zack Mabel

The Georgetown Center for Education in the Workforce’s research focuses on three core areas: jobs, skills, and equity, with the goal of better aligning education and training with workforce and labor market demand. Zach and Kathryn discuss their most recent study, What Works: 10 Education, Training, and Work-Based Pathway Changes that Lead to Good Jobs.

The Value of Micro-Credentials for Higher Ed Institutions - Changing Higher Ed Podcast 154 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Matt Frank | Podcast cover with images of host and guest with show title

The Value of Micro-Credentials for Higher Ed Institutions:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 154 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Matt Frank

Higher ed can be better positioned to meet, enroll, retain, and help future generations of students successfully maneuver the ever-changing business world by embracing micro-credentials appropriately and programmatically.

Micro-credentials are also money-making opportunities for colleges and universities that can help address deficits and fund other pursuits.

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 148 with Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Elliot Felix - Boost Higher Ed Enrollment and Graduation Rates – The Power of Student Support and Belonging

Boost Higher Ed Enrollment and Graduation Rates – The Power of Student Support and Belonging:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 148 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Elliot Felix

In this podcast, Dr. Drumm McNaughton explores how higher ed leaders can follow actionable steps to boost higher ed enrollment and graduation rates with CEO Elliot Felix of Brightspot Strategy, a consultancy focusing on attracting and retaining students. Elliot shares these impressive findings based on his experiences with the 110 schools he’s partnered with over the last 12 years.

Changing Higher Podcast 147 Rural-Serving Institutions Innovative Lessons for Higher Ed Success

Rural-Serving Institutions: Innovative Lessons for Higher Ed Success:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 147 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Dr. Andrew Koricich

Rural-serving institutions (RSIs) face many more unique challenges than most urban schools and persist, comprising more than 25% of all U.S. colleges and universities. Although inherently different, every higher ed institution can learn from the innovative best practices RSIs have been forced to adopt to help positively impact their enrollment and more.

To understand what RSIs can teach higher ed as a whole, Dr. Drumm McNaughton discusses the misconceptions and essential roles these institutions have in their communities with Executive Director Dr. Andrew Koricich of the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges, a research collaborative and resource hub that has completed the insurmountable task of defining what rural-serving institutions are.

The Benefits of Women and Minority Leadership in Higher Ed-Changing Higher Ed Podcast 146 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Elissa Sangster

The Benefits of Women and Minority Leadership in Higher Ed:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 146 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Elissa Sangster

Dr. Drumm McNaughton discusses the benefits of women and minority leadership in higher ed with CEO Elissa Sangster of the Forté Foundation, a nonprofit that helps women thrive as leaders and that has increased the percentage of women in MBA programs at universities from 25% to 42%. Elissa tackles the benefits of leadership and thought diversity, transforming boards to attract more diverse leadership and students, the steps to build a more supportive atmosphere for women and minorities in leadership positions, how to attain 50/50 representation in the classroom, and best practices higher ed can emulate to support women and minority leadership.

How Machine Learning and AI Can Benefit Higher Ed

How Machine Learning and AI Can Benefit Higher Ed:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 145 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton with Guest Michael Feldstein

With the endless stories about ChatGPT in the news and theories on it could negatively affect teaching and learning in higher ed, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are becoming increasingly topical among college and university leaders. However, few headlines highlight how machine learning and AI can benefit Higher Ed. 

To help higher ed decision-makers avoid getting too caught up in the negative hype, Dr. Drumm McNaughton discusses these technologies with Michael Feldstein, chief accountability officer at e-Literate. Michael shares easy-to-understand analogies to explain how and why AI functions the way it does, the problems AI can solve in higher ed, the importance of not having AI replace but augment human workers in district processes, and the benefits and shortcomings of tools such as ChatGPT.

Institutional Accreditation is in Dire Need of Change - People jumping through hoops

Institutional Accreditation is in Dire Need of Change:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 144 With Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton And Guest Ralph Wolff

Institutional accreditation is in dire need of change, even though it provides institutions with more external recognition, improves the likelihood of gaining more resources, and boosts the respect of staff and faculty. And with an increasingly high number of professional accrediting bodies now touching and impacting many colleges and universities, now is the time for higher ed leaders to strive to support and understand how accreditation can improve overall to strengthen post-secondary education even more.

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