Category: Podcasts

Changing Higher Ed podcast 212 - Improve Student Employability - Discussing The Great Misalignment: Addressing the Mismatch Between the Supply of Certificates and Associates Degrees and the Future Demand for Workers in the U.S. Labor Markets with Kathryn Campbell and Zack Mabel

Improve Student Employability: The Great Misalignment Report:

Changing Higher Ed podcast 212 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guests Kathryn Campbell and Zack Mabel

In the latest episode of Changing Higher Ed, Drumm welcomes back Kathryn Campbell, Associate Director of Editorial Policy and Senior Editor/Writer and Zack Mabel, Research Professor and Director of Research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) to discuss the findings of their recent report, “The Great Misalignment: Addressing the Mismatch Between the Supply of Certificates and Associates Degrees and the Future Demand for Workers in the U.S. Labor Markets,” which exposes the alarming disconnect between the credentials higher education institutions are producing and the skills employers actually need.

Episode Highlights Include:

– Eye-opening statistics on the extent of the misalignment between middle-skills credentials and labor market demand.
– Analysis of racial and ethnic disparities in access to well-aligned programs.
– Strategies for strengthening career counseling, transfer pathways, and the use of labor market data in program development.
– Actionable takeaways for university, college, and community college leaders to improve student employability.

This episode is a must-listen for presidents, board members, and administrators committed to ensuring that the credentials their institutions offer translate into meaningful career opportunities for their transfer students and graduates.

Changing Higher Podcast 211 Embrace AI as a Performance Tool to Benefit Higher Ed | host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Bruce Dahlgren

Embrace AI as a Performance Tool to Benefit Higher Ed:

Changing Higher Ed podcast 211 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Bruce Dahlgren

In this episode of Changing Higher Ed, Drumm is joined by Bruce Dahlgren, CEO of Anthology, to explore the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in higher education.

Listeners will gain:

– Insights into AI development and how AI can be harnessed as a powerful performance tool.

– Strategies for piloting AI to enhance faculty productivity, saving significant time on course preparation.

– Guidance on developing proactive AI policy frameworks that address concerns, build consensus, and ensure responsible usage.

– Ideas for empowering staff and administrators with AI to optimize enrollment, student support, and campus operations.

– Key recommendations for immersing in AI technologies, engaging stakeholders, and leveraging AI to drive student success.

This episode provides valuable insights for presidents, board members, and administrators seeking to navigate the ethical integration of AI and harness its potential to improve institutional performance and student outcomes.

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 210-Transformative Change Models in Higher Education-Part 2 with guests F. Joseph Merlino and Deborah Pomeroy

Transformative Change Models in Higher Education – Part 2:

Changing Higher Ed podcast 210 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guests F. Joseph Merlino and Deborah Pomeroy

In Part 2 of this series, we dive deeper into the strategies and approaches for driving transformative change in higher education, focusing on preparing teachers for the 21st century. You’ll gain valuable insights and real-world examples drawn from extensive research and practical experiences.

Topics we cover include:

– Understanding change theory and the process of change in relation to higher ed, recognizing that transformative change takes time, requires support and acceptance of mistakes as part of the learning process.

– The importance of aligning change initiatives with the institution’s core identity, mission, and legacy, as exemplified by the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

– The important role of service learning in transforming teacher preparation programs, enhancing both pedagogy and research through rich, reciprocal relationships between universities and high schools.

– Rethinking tenure and promotion criteria to recognize the importance of faculty engagement with the community and the potential for service learning to enhance both pedagogy and research.

– Strategies for bridging the gap between high school and higher education, collaborating with high school teachers to develop critical thinking skills and align with employer expectations for essential life skills.

– The value of external facilitators in providing a neutral perspective, navigating institutional dynamics, and lending credibility to the change process, particularly for presidents appointed from outside the institution.

– The fifth quandary facing higher education presidents: the challenge of establishing networks and building trust, especially for those appointed from outside the institution, and the benefits of a presidential onboarding process.

McNaughton, Merlino, and Pomeroy emphasize the urgency for a fresh approach to education, as highlighted in the book, “New Era, New Urgency: The Case for Repurposing Education.” They provide actionable insights and strategies for university presidents, boards, and executive leadership to drive the necessary changes in higher education, ensuring that institutions continue to fulfill their mission of providing transformative educational experiences while adapting to the evolving needs of society.

Listen to Part 2 now and gain valuable insights into navigating the complexities of change management in higher education and preparing teachers for the 21st century.

Changing Higher Ed 209 - Four Quandaries Facing Higher Ed Presidents - Transforming Teacher Preparation for the 21st Century with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guests F. Joseph Merlino and Deborah Pomeroy

Four Quandaries Facing Higher Ed Presidents – Part 1:

Changing Higher Ed podcast 209 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guests F. Joseph Merlino and Deborah Pomeroy

In this two-part series, Drumm dives into the complex challenges faced by university presidents and higher education leaders in driving transformative change. Our guests F. Joseph Merlino and Deborah Pomeroy share their insights and experiences, shedding light on the four primary quandaries that leaders must navigate to ensure successful transformational teacher preparation programs for their institutions.

Key takeaways:

– The tension between mission and revenue, and how to balance the historic purpose of education with the growing demand for job readiness.

– Strategies for fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and integration, breaking down silos to drive innovation and problem-solving.

– Approaches for addressing college access and equity while maintaining academic excellence in the face of shifting demographics and student preparedness.

– Insights into managing the financial challenges of admitting out-of-state students while effectively serving in-state students.

– The importance of adopting a goal-oriented approach, engaging stakeholders at all levels, and confronting existing conceptions to drive transformative change.

McNaughton shares insights on holistic strategic planning and change management and Merlino and Pomeroy share valuable lessons from their transformative project in Egypt, where they focused on redesigning teacher preparation programs at five large institutions. Through their experiences, they demonstrate the power of aligning education with real-world challenges and the impact of purpose-driven learning.

Listen to Part 1 now and stay tuned for Part 2, where our experts dive deeper into practical strategies and actionable insights for navigating the complexities of the higher education change management.

Changing Higher Ed podcast 208-Living on the Edge-Design Thinking for a New Era in Higher Ed with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Cesar Santalo

Living on the Edge: Design Thinking for a New Era in Higher Ed:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 208 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Cesar Santalo

In this episode, we dive into the world of design thinking for transformational strategic planning and change management. Cesar Santalo, Dean of the College of Communications and Design at Lynn University, shares his unique perspective as an artist and educator on leveraging this innovative approach to drive rapid change and better serve students.

Key takeaways:

– Discover the 5-step process of design thinking and how it fosters empathy, creativity, and continuous improvement.
– Learn how Lynn University used design thinking to develop its strategic plan, engaging over 650 stakeholders.
– See examples of design thinking in action, from reimagining freshman courses to creating a student-run advertising agency.
– Understand the key traits needed for effective design thinking and how to cultivate an innovative culture.
– Get insights for university presidents and boards on embracing failure, empowering faculty, and partnering with employers.

Cesar also shares exciting plans for the future of Lynn University, including expanding internships, study abroad programs, and integrating sustainable development goals into the curriculum.

This episode will inspire you with fresh ideas and practical strategies for transformation to deliver unparalleled value to students.

Changing Higher Podcast 207 - Civil Discord - Bridging Ideological Divides in Higher Education with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Daniel Oppenheimer

Civil Discord – Bridging Ideological Divides in Higher Education :

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 207 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Daniel Oppenheimer

In this episode of Changing Higher Ed, Drumm welcomes Dan Oppenheimer, Director of Public Affairs for UT Austin’s College of Liberal Arts, to discuss the university’s groundbreaking “Civil Discord” symposium that was held in March of this year.

Podcast Overview:

– Insights into the unique collaboration among three academic entities focused on fostering open dialogue and bridging political divides.

– Strategies for engaging diverse scholars, thought leaders, and students in frank conversations on contentious issues.

– Practical advice on navigating complex political landscapes, engaging stakeholders, and creating inclusive spaces for difficult conversations.

– Vision for the future of civil discourse initiatives in higher education.

– Guidance for university leaders seeking to champion open inquiry and intellectual diversity.

This episode provides valuable ideas for presidents, board members, and administrators committed to strengthening their institution’s dedication to free speech, academic freedom, and the open exchange of ideas.

Changing Higher Podcast Podcast 206- Washington Update- NPRM, FAFSA,NC-SARA 1,500+ Pages of Title IX with guest Tom Netting

Washington Update: NPRM, FAFSA, Title IX, NC-SARA:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 206 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Tom Netting

In this episode of the Changing Higher Ed podcast, Tom Netting, President of TEN Government Strategies, joins Drumm to provide a comprehensive update on the latest developments in higher education policy. The discussion covers the new Title IX regulations, the resolution of FAFSA simplification issues, and proposed changes to accreditation and institutional accountability.

Netting breaks down the 1,500 pages of Title IX regulation updates, highlighting key changes such as the broadened definition of sexual harassment, the shift to the preponderance of evidence standard, and the removal of live hearing requirements. The conversation also explores the potential impact of these changes on institutions and the importance of proactive compliance strategies.

Tom explains the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on student loan debt relief and the ongoing negotiated rulemaking process for program integrity and institutional accountability. He provides insights into the potential implications of proposed changes to cash management regulations, state authorization for online education, and accreditation oversight.

Key takeaways include the need for immediate review of campus safety policies and Title IX coordination, the importance of staying informed about regulatory changes, and the necessity of preparing for upcoming NPRMs on program integrity and institutional accountability.

Changing Higher Ed 205 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Allen Adamson – Branding the Student Experience-Enrollment Marketing in Higher Ed

Branding the Student Experience: Enrollment Marketing in Higher Ed:

Changing Higher Ed 205 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Allen Adamson

This episode of the Changing Higher Ed podcast features Allen Adamson, co-founder of MetaForce, discussing the importance of branding and marketing in differentiating higher education institutions in an oversaturated, homogeneous market. With 98 percent of institutions offering similar programs and experiences, the conversation explores how colleges and universities can stand out and attract students by focusing on their unique strengths and crafting signature experiences.

The episode covers the challenges of consensus-driven decision-making in universities and the need for decisive leadership in driving focused branding initiatives. Adamson emphasizes the importance of simplifying brand messaging, showcasing student outcomes, and leveraging social proof to demonstrate the real-world impact of an education at the institution.

Key takeaways include the necessity of looking outside the higher education bubble for inspiration, keeping branding simple and executing brilliantly, and striving for excellence in execution, even if the idea is not groundbreaking.

Changing Higher Podcast 204 - Grow Veteran Enrollment and Retention in Higher Ed¬–Insights from Warrior-Scholar Project - with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Dr. Cassie Sanchez

Grow Veteran Enrollment and Retention in Higher Ed: Insights from WSP:

Changing Higher Ed podcast 204 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Dr. Cassie Sanchez

In this episode of Changing Higher Ed, Drum is joined by guest Cassie Sanchez, Director of Education at the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP), to discuss how institutions can tap into the often-overlooked pool of student veterans to drive enrollment, retention, and graduation rates. WSP, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering veterans in higher education, has seen remarkable results – their boot camp alumni boast a 92 percent success rate, with the vast majority having graduated or on track to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Cassie shares valuable insights on how WSP’s intensive academic boot camps, offered in partnership with top universities across the country, provide student veterans with the skills, support, and sense of belonging they need to thrive in higher education. By creating a bridge between the military and academia, WSP is helping institutions enhance access, foster community, and unlock the potential of this highly motivated and diverse group of students.

Hear practical advice for institutions looking to create a more welcoming and supportive environment for this unique population. Whether you’re a university leader, administrator, or simply passionate about making higher education more accessible, this episode will leave you inspired and equipped with new ideas for driving positive growth on your campus.

Changing Higher Ed podcast 203 Strategies to Attract and Enroll Non-Traditional Modern Students with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Chris Gilmore

Strategies to Attract and Enroll Nontraditional Modern Students:

Changing Higher Ed podcast 203 with host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and guest Chris Gilmore

This episode of the Changing Higher Ed podcast features Chris Gilmore, VP of Education Dynamics discussing the modern landscape of higher education enrollment strategies focusing on nontraditional students. With an emphasis on the changing demographics and needs of modern students, the conversation explores how institutions can adapt by understanding that school must fit into life, rather than life fitting around school.

The episode covers the importance of differentiating recruitment and retention strategies for nontraditional versus traditional students, highlighting the relevance of online learning, affordability, and the need for higher ed institutions to offer a diverse range of ‘products’ like certificates and lifelong learning opportunities.

Key insights include the necessity of rapid admission processes, effective marketing through educational websites, and the strategic involvement of employers in curriculum development to enhance career outcomes for students.

The discussion concludes with advice for higher education leaders on attracting, engaging, and retaining nontraditional students by prioritizing training, developing flexible operational models, and considering third-party partnerships to help institutions understand and meet the unique demands of this growing demographic.

02:11 The Changing Definition of Nontraditional Students
11:27 Adopting the Product and Consumer Mindset for Modern Student Enrollment
12:53 Three Clearly Stated Value Propositions Important to Modern Students
16:30 How to Design a Strategy for Marketing to Nontraditional Students
21:41 Shifts in Prospective Student Concerns Over the Last 20 Years
25:03 Moving nontraditional Students from the Attraction Phase into the Recruitment and Enrollment Phase
30:40 Retention and Persistence of Nontraditional Modern Students Looks Different
35:29 Three Takeaways for University Presidents and Boards

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.

Changing Higher Ed 201 Washington Update- Neg Reg 2024 March Review

Washington Update: Neg Reg 2024 March Review:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 201 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Tom Netting

In our latest podcast episode, policy expert Tom Netting joins us for an in-depth discussion on the current state of higher education policy. The conversation centers around the recent Negotiated Rulemaking sessions and other important issues facing colleges and universities.

Tom and Drumm break down the complexity of proposed regulations, from online education, changes to accreditation standards, and state authorization to new rules around cash management and Title IV funds. They also explore the broader legislative context, including the ongoing debates over Pell Grant expansion, workforce development, and student loan reform.

Tom and Drumm emphasize the importance of understanding these policy shifts not just for compliance purposes, but for their potential impact on institutional strategy. They offer insights on how higher education leaders can stay informed and engaged in the process, while also navigating the challenges of these changes.

Whether you’re a president, trustee, or senior administrator, this episode offers important insights of the key policy issues shaping the future of higher education.

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