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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.

Should Accreditors help Higher Ed Identify What's Good Enough for Them? Different forms of quality check approval

Should Accreditors Help Higher Ed Identify What’s Good Enough for Them?:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 143 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Ralph Wolff

Now more than ever, accreditation is essential in higher education. An increasingly high number of professional accrediting bodies touch and impact colleges and universities to the point where accreditors have the potential to lead or even stifle change in higher ed. This is especially true given that accreditation is the gatekeeper for over $150 billion in federal financial aid.

How Innovation and Shared Governance Influence Turnaround Success

How Innovation and Shared Governance Influence Turnaround Success:

The National Louis University Story

Successfully reinventing a college or university into a truly innovative school after cutting a significant portion of programs sounds near impossible. However, the experiences at National Louis University (NLU), a four-campus private institution in Chicago, proved that presidents and other decision-makers can turn around an institution without having the complete buy-in of faculty and staff. 

Study Abroad Programs and Their Implications for Higher Ed Institutions

Study Abroad Programs and Their Implications for Higher Ed Institutions:

Changing Higher Ed Podcast 142 with Host Dr. Drumm McNaughton and Guest Robyn Symon

In today’s multi-generational and borderless world, study abroad programs are critical for introducing students to the world outside their university and even their country. They make up an integral part of the curriculum and the student undergraduate experience, and generally, students look back with very fond memories of their time abroad on their colleagues with whom they experienced these trips.

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