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By Melissa Morriss-Olson
IngenioUs is the podcast where we talk about higher education, innovative practice, and leading edge thinking. Your host is Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson. In each episode we will talk with leading edge thinkers, whose experience and expertise place them at the forefront of the transformation currently underway. Our guests will include college and university leaders and faculty, innovators, and other professionals who are experimenting with new approaches and ways of thinking about higher education.
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Roadmap for Higher Education Redesign and Future Proofing: PASSHE Chancellor Dr. Daniel Greenstein and Board of Governors Chair Dr. Cynthia Shapira
In response to a frightening array of challenges facing public higher education nationally and acutely concentrated in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) undertook an innovative and bold redesign to fundamentally transform education and business models.  Launched in 2017, the multi-phase, System redesign focused on 3 goals: 1) advance student success; 2) leverage universities’ strengths as a system; and 3) enhance “systemness” through accountability and governance. In support of the effort, the Board of Governors established metrics-based expectations for each university’s financial stability, transparency, accountability, and sustainability.  With two phases completed, early results are stunning.  In this first episode of Season 4, we sit down with PASSHE Chancellor Dr. Daniel Greenstein and PASSHE Board of Governors Chair Dr. Cynthia Shapira to learn the backstory for this unprecedented effort.  Dan and Cindy speak candidly about what it takes to pull off a change effort of this magnitude including the importance of having an effective governance and leadership team, data driven decision making, and an unwavering student-first commitment.  Early success markers include the integration of six Universities to create two new powerhouse regional Universities and a a historic state funding increase of $75 million (16 percent) to $552.5 million in the 2022-23 state budget.
October 04, 2022
Fold: Fear of Looking Different with David J. Staley
Of all the problems facing the higher education sector today, the lack of differentiation may be the root cause of many of them. Too many colleges and universities look like every other college and university, offering similar degrees, similar student services, similar athletic opportunities, their faculty publishing in the same journals and attending the same conferences. As the size of the undergraduate student market shrinks—as we now live through the long-predicted “demographic cliff”—the same institutions desperately chase a share of an ever-shrinking market. Perhaps rather than defining the problem as a lack of differentiation, we might instead call it “the drift toward uniformity.” In David J. Staley's new IngenioUs blog article, he suggests that this steady move toward uniformity is driven by  'FOLD: “fear of looking different” from every other college or university.'  And rather than protecting our institutions from the headwinds, Staley cautions that an increasingly standardized model may actually heighten our vulnerability to disruption.  Listen here to learn more.
September 20, 2022
Stretching the Rubber Triangle: How to Improve Quality of Learning, Equitable Access, and Affordability with Dr. Stephen C. Ehrmann
It’s an easy assumption to make: improving access must necessarily degrade quality. Enhancing quality always costs more money, increasing the cost of education. These beliefs have been called the Iron Triangle of Higher Education.    However, a number of institutions have been demonstrating over recent years that institutional outcomes of quality, access, and even affordability can be improved simultaneously. In this IngenioUs mini, Bay Path University professor of higher education leadership, Dr. Lauren Way speaks with Dr. Stephen Ehrmann about his upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education seminar on this very important topic.  Listen in to leanr more about what insights Dr. Ehrmann will be sharing in the webinar. Dr. Stephen C. Ehrmann is an independent scholar and the author of Pursuing Quality, Access, and Affordability: A Field Guide to Improving Higher Education (Stylus). His book provides a practical, and long-view guide to implementing transformative educational change across an entire institution and ultimately, US higher education as a whole. Dr. Ehrmann is a former grant-maker, consultant, and vice provost for teaching and learning at George Washington University, and has served as Program Officer for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), and as Director of Educational Research and Assistance. To register for this free event, scheduled for July 21, 2022 at 12:00 noon (ET) see here.
July 05, 2022
Bay Path University HELOS Faculty Interview: A Conversation with Dr. Kristine Barnett
In this mini episode of IngenioUs, we speak with Bay Path University EdD Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Studies faculty, Dr. Kristine Barnett.  Listen in to hear Dr. Barnett's perspective about what makes the HELOS unique and what students can expect to experience in her classroom.
July 01, 2022
Top 5 Issues on the Minds of Higher Ed Leaders Right Now: What's On Your Radar?
At the conclusion of every IngenioUs conversation, we ask our guests what’s on their radar right now?  What is top of mind?  What keeps them up at night?  As seasoned higher ed professionals and thought leaders, the responses suggest that higher education is indeed undergoing a sea wave of change.  Depending upon where one’s institution is situated, the impact clearly varies.  Even still, there are commonalities that emerged across nearly all of our Season 3 conversations.  In our final  episode for the year, our IngenioUs host, Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson and Bay Path University EdD in Educational Leadership program coordinator and professor, Dr. Mela Dutka unpack these common themes, adding their own insights about this important moment, what lies ahead, and why it matters.
June 10, 2022
Strategic Planning That is Truly Strategic: Dr. Aimee Hosemann and Dr. Rob Zinkan
In this IngenioUs mini episode, we hear from RHB consultants and conveners of a recent, year-long ground breaking study about strategic planning practices in higher education, Dr. Aimee Hosemann and Dr. Rob Zinkan.  What are strategic plans for, and who are they for? What does it mean to be “strategic”? Amidst such rapid change, how relevant can a plan truly be? These are among the questions addressed in a yearlong study of 108 active college and university strategic plans. Researchers selected 16 strategic plans (of the 108) containing some of the most strategic tendencies and then interviewed presidents of those institutions. Based on the study’s findings and implications, Zinkan and Hosemann  will outline important leadership considerations to avoid the many pitfalls of strategic planning and ensure a process focused on strategy and outcomes.  To register for our June 9 Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education free webinar, see here:
May 28, 2022
Real Talk About Inclusivity: Dr. Amer F. Ahmed
Having lived and worked within the diversity, equity, and inclusion space for several years, Dr. Amer F. Ahmed is not afraid to speak clearly and bluntly about what higher ed leaders and faculty need to know; especially if they want to create campus cultures where everyone can find a place to belong. As the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Vermont, Dr. Ahmed is a nationally recognized thought leader and DEI practitioner. He is skilled at leading university-wide strategic initiatives to build capacity and foster a culture of belonging. In our conversation, Dr. Ahmed gets real about what it takes to do just that and why he believes this work can make the difference for institutional survival. See here for links to the resources discussed in this episode:
May 17, 2022
What Is Your Institution's Value Proposition and Why Does It Matter? Dr. James Wilson
Why does a potential student choose one school over another?  According to Bay Path University business and higher education leadership professor, Dr. James Wilson, it often comes down to the value proposition.  Listen to this latest IngenioUs Mini episode to find out what he means and how to get started in assessing your institution's value proposition.  Or, read his blog article here.
May 12, 2022
A Game Plan for Fixing Higher Ed's Broken Business Model: Dr. Jeffrey Docking, President, Adrian College and Kevin Harrington, Cofounder, Rize Education
 In recent times, many higher ed observers have suggested that higher ed's business model is broken.  In this episode we speak with the co-authors of the 'hot-off-the-press' book, The College of the Future, which lays out a bold plan to 'fix the broken business model' for those institutions that are most vulnerable--America’s private, non-profit colleges. These colleges have long been a haven for students, an anchor for communities, and a cultural oasis in small towns and cities across America, but rising costs and falling enrollments have plunged many of these venerable institutions into debt. In the past decade, dozens have closed their doors for good, a devastating occurrence for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the communities surrounding the campuses. Even institutions that are thriving are faced with headwinds that necessitate strategic evolution.   In our conversation with the book's co-authors, Jeffrey Docking, President of Adrian College, and Kevin Harrington, CEO of Rize Education make a compelling case for a collaborative model that allows colleges to quickly add enrollment-boosting majors, minors, certificates, and courses with significantly less cost and risk. Most importantly, this new model provides a path forward not only toward private colleges’ sheer survival, but to their achievement of enduring viability.  To learn more about joining RIZE,  contact Kevin at or President Docking at
May 03, 2022
From Biologist to Higher Education Innovative Thinker and Transformative Leader: A Conversation with UMass Global Chancellor Gary Brahm
When UMass Global Chancellor Gary Brahm was studying biology as an undergraduate at California State, Northridge, a career in higher education was not on his radar. Life intervened and Brahm went on to pursue a remarkable career in higher education, culminating in his spearheading one of the nation's most innovative transactions on behalf of college-going working adults: the affiliation of Brandman University (where Brahm served as Founding Chancellor since 2007) with the UMass system to create UMass Global. At Brandman University, Brahm is credited with building a 'totally student centered' institutional culture and instituting innovative best in class practices for adult working students resulting in impressive student success outcomes by nearly every measure. In our conversation, Chancellor Brahm shares the back story behind this groundbreaking affiliation and unpacks the secret sauce for his institution's singular success in supporting working adult students.
April 26, 2022
University President as Extraordinary Urban Visionary and Partnership Broker: A Conversation with Drexel's John Fry
When John Fry assumed the presidency of Drexel University in 2010, he set out to transform the school into a private research university with a strong public purpose — an institution that harnesses its strengths to serve its students, its neighborhood, city and the nation. And he made it his mission, and the mission of the school’s 26,000 students to be what he called “the most civically engaged university in the nation.” Fry’s success on both fronts is transformational. Under Fry’s leadership, Drexel has set a national example for the execution of public-private partnerships, and become a powerful force for economic development in Greater Philadelphia. What’s the end game? According to Fry, he is driven by a deep and personal mission to spread the word about how anchor institutions can do a world of good for the places that are around them. In the end, Drexel’s commitment to inclusive growth is fundamentally about education.  To hear him tell it, the most important work happening at Drexel right now is the faculty-led initiatives bringing together teaching, research and civic engagement.  Sounds like a win-win all around.
April 12, 2022
Preparing our Students for a 100-Year Work Life with Dr. Michelle Weise
Aging and longevity experts suggest that the notion of a 150 year life-span is closer than you think.  In fact, according to this week's guest, some have suggested that the first people to live this long have already been born.  How do we prepare today's college students for a future where the average working life potentially spans 100 plus years and has no beginning, middle, or end?  That is the focus of Dr. Michelle Weise's newest book, Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don't Even Exist Yet.   In this episode, IngenioUs host, Melissa Morriss-Olson speaks with Dr. Weise about how our current education system is poorly equipped to educate workers for such a long journey and how we must design a new learner-centered ecosystem to meet the needs of a new generation of workers.   Contemplating a shift from the educational all-you-can-eat-buffet of college and university to an “as-you-need-it” approach to delivering education, Weise explains why and how worker education is overdue for momentous changes.  According to Weise, for colleges and universities willing to adopt a long life learning strategy, the benefits for students as well as for the workforce are substantial.
April 05, 2022
University as Talent Magnet: A Preview of the April 13 Leading Edge Thinking Webinar with Historian and Futurist David Staley
One effect of the pandemic has been the transition to remote work. Knowledge workers have discovered that "working from anywhere" means seeking out places with affordable housing, lower cost of living and better quality of life. Small towns, secondary cities and rural areas are in a position to attract talent to their 'Zoom towns' by adopting a talent magnet strategy.  According to historian and futurist, David J. Staley, college and universities that are located in these 'Zoom town' regions have an unusually compelling and timely opportunity to pursue a strategy that could reap significant benefit for years to come.  In this episode, Staley gives us sneak peak into his upcoming free Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education webinar scheduled for April 13th at 1pm -n 2 pm (ET). Dr. David Staley, Ph.D. is associate professor in the departments of History, Design and Educational Studies at the Ohio State University. He is an Honorary Faculty Fellow in Innovation at the Center for Higher Ed Leadership and Innovative Practice (CHELIP) at Bay Path University, and was recently named a Fellow at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University.  He is host of the "Voices of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences" podcast. In addition to his written work, he has designed and curated both online and physical exhibitions and has published numerous visual compositions in digital media. From 2003-2008, Staley was the Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC). Register here for the April 13th webinar:
March 29, 2022
Changing the World and Your Campus One Refugee at a Time: Every Campus a Refuge with Dr. Diya Abdo
Looking for an opportunity to make a real difference?  Meet Dr. Diya Abdo, Guilford College (NC) English Professor and Founder, Director, and President of Every Campus a Refuge (ECAR), the nonprofit organization she started which has revolutionized refugee resettlement.  By leveraging the sizable resources of college and university systems to host newly arrived refugees at no cost, ECAR offers refugees the potential for a stronger, more dignified landing in the U.S.  A second-generation Palestinian refugee born and raised in Jordan, Professor Abdo understands well the challenges faced by those who have been displaced.  A recipient of the J.M. Kaplan Fund’s Innovation Prize (2021) for her groundbreaking work with ECAR,  Dr. Abdo believes that college communities are uniquely suited to help and that the potential benefit is vast--both for refugees and for the sponsoring institution.  "If just 10% of America’s universities hosted one family of average size, that would provide supportive integration to 20,000 refugees over a short few years—and forge a hopeful resettlement model grounded in the practice of radical hospitality," according to Dr. Abdo.   Want to learn more?  Contact ECAR here and start the conversation about how your campus might get involved. Subscribe here so that you do not miss out on the latest IngenioUs content.  
March 22, 2022
Side Hustle College with David J. Staley
In his latest IngenioUs blog post, historian and futurist, David J. Staley proposes a new higher education model that validates the importance of the learning that happens outside the classroom.  Imagine "Side Hustle College." a place where a small number of academic classes is augmented by a rich array of experiential learning opportunities.  At "Side Hustle College" suggests Staley, students and faculty would work closely together on projects resulting in job readiness enhancing skills and experiences.   
March 15, 2022
Coming of Age: The Rest of the Story with Goodwin University President Mark Scheinberg
Mark Scheinberg is undoubtedly one of New England's top educational entrepreneurs.  Scheinberg, who essentially built East Hartford Connecticut-based Goodwin University from scratch, has emerged as a leading voice on adult education and workforce development in his region.  He has made several big moves recently including the transition from Goodwin College to Goodwin University and his recent  $32 million purchase of the University of Bridgeport.  The University of Bridgeport acquisition gives Goodwin a substantial statewide footprint and opens up wide ranging opportunities for program expansion. In this episode which is the second of a two-part conversation with Scheinberg, we learn more about the University of Bridgeport acquisition.  We also get Mark's take on what leaders need to stay focused on these days and why he so enjoys mentoring emerging entrepreneurs. Subscribe here to ensure you do not miss out on any IngenioUs content.
March 08, 2022
Student Success: What's Most Essential?
In this IngenioUs Mini episode, Dr. Lauren Way interviews Ruffalo Noel Levitz Vice President Julie Bryant about student success essentials.  Despite performance-based funding pressures on the rise, data show that half of new college students will not graduate. And despite the knowledge that it's more cost-effective to retain students than to recruit them, many campuses still focus more resources on the latter. How are motivational assessments, satisfaction surveys, predictive analytics, and strategies for success best leveraged?  As the featured presenter at our March 15th free Leading Edge Thinking virtual webinar, these are just a few of the many important questions that Julie will address.  Listen in to Dr. Way's interview for a sneak peak into the interview and for Julie's thoughts about the essential components your campus wants on its radar to improve net revenue through student success and completion rates.  Register here for the webinar.
March 01, 2022
Coming of Age: The Story of a Small College's Strategic Rise to Relevance and the Leader who Made it Happen with Goodwin University President Mark Scheinberg
When in 1982, 24-year-old budding entrepreneur Mark Scheinberg paid $30,000 for the little-known, for-profit business school Data Institute in Hartford, CT., little did anyone imagine how the story would play out. Over the ensuing 40 years, Scheinberg has led an extraordinary transformation.   A transformation signaled by a name change—first to Goodwin College and then Goodwin University, a change in legal status—to nonprofit, and, with the recent acquisition of the University of Bridgeport, a substantial expansion of the institution’s offerings and footprint. Goodwin University has clearly come of age. In the first of a two-part episode, we get Mark’s take on the school’s remarkable evolution including the essential strategies and key decision points that help explain the success. We also get a window into the mindset of this uniquely savvy and strategic leader and entrepreneur who cares deeply about his community and his students. Subscribe here to ensure you do not miss out on any IngenioUs content.
February 22, 2022
The University as Public Utility by David J. Staley Ph.D.
In his latest IngenioUs blog article, historian and futurist, David J. Staley, Ph.D., suggests that the pandemic's acceleration of the transition to remote work has created an opportunity for colleges and universities to reimagine their purpose and solidify their value vis-a-vis their community. Check out Staley's upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education webinar to learn more about how such a strategy might unfold.
February 15, 2022
A Conversation with Wise Sage, Strategic Visionary and Truth Teller Joanne Soliday
In this episode we speak with the very wise Joanne Soliday, higher education author, speaker, presidential advisor, and catalyst for change. With over 30 years’ experience on college and university campuses, Joanne transforms each environment she touches through her strategic vision and ability to speak truth. Following over twenty years in leadership positions at Elon University and West Virginia Wesleyan College, Joanne founded Credo, a higher education consulting firm dedicated to empowering small, independent colleges and universities to thrive. In her work at Credo, Joanne has partnered with over 250 private colleges and universities. This strategic work led to her to co-author two books for leaders in higher education. Her most recent book, “PIVOT: A Vision for the New University,” explicates a picture of possibility for the future of independent colleges and universities; it is the critical reimagining of how that education is shaped, providing a vision for the new university. Joanne’s first book, “Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Framework for Leaders of Private Colleges and Universities,” is a guide for independent college and university leaders, unpacking the nine critical elements of the Thriving Framework® through which institutional health can be both understood and improved. To learn more about Joanne's professional journey, see here.
February 08, 2022
Leading Transformative Change in Higher Education: Guidance for Middle Managers
Like it or not, things are changing in higher education. The need for revisioning around curricula, delivery modes, student support services, and technology became acute in response to the pandemic. Assessing and codifying those changes while continuing to imagine an ambiguous future requires change leadership to happen at all levels of the institution. Mid-level leaders find themselves particularly challenged as they must manage tensions up, down, and across the organizational chart. In this IngenioUs mini episode, we speak with Dr. Robyn Parker, newly appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saybrook University about our upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education free webinar that she will be facilitating.  This webinar features conversations with higher education change leaders who have led from the middle and lived to tell about it! They’ll share insights about what worked, what didn’t, and why. We’ll leave you with a few frameworks and tools to use in your own change endeavors. In addition to Dr. Parker, presenters include Dr. Allison Gillespie, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Jeffrey Ratliff-Crain, Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Innovation at University of Minnesota-Rochester, and John Montana, Executive Director, Strategy & Innovation at Wake Forest University School of Business.  The webinar is scheduled for February 16th at 12:00 noon (ET).  Register here:
February 01, 2022
Designing the Student-Centric University: Bradley University President Stephen Standifird
Bradley University President Stephen Standifird is not worried about the impending demographic cliff.  Instead, Standifird is laser focused on facilitating a rethink about how his University operates based on student needs and aspirations. In our conversation Dr. Standifird shares his conviction that it is not enough today for colleges and universities to merely be student concerned. At Bradley, they are taking it a step further, using the research-informed insights gleaned in a recent strategic planning process about what today's college-going students are looking for to redesign the system around them.  It's a subtle yet powerful distinction.  
January 25, 2022
President as Intellectual Leader and Designer: ASU's Michael Crow and William Dabars
According to Arizona State University's president, Dr. Michael Crow, the current higher education context needs a different kind of leadership.  Crow calls for an intellectual leader, an intellectual architect and designer who can think and lead in new ways.  In this episode we speak with President Crow and his co-author of The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education, Dr. William Dabars about the remarkable transformation of ASU under Crow's leadership. Listen in to learn what strategies have been most impactful and what new innovations President Crow is particularly excited about.
January 18, 2022
EquityU: Tackling Higher Ed's Ills with New Start-Up--Wright University
It’s not every day — or every decade — that you hear of a new university starting up. For a nonprofit, it's not the most lucrative business venture, and the startup costs and regulatory hurdles are intense. But Caitlin O’R. B. Carter and Maren Rosenbach are determined to build a new kind of higher-education institution in the Seattle area. In this first episode of 2022, we speak with these bold founders of Wright University. Named after Carter’s late grandmother who was a lifelong educator, Carter and Rosenbach envision Wright University to be an inclusive four-year school focused on racial and social justice “by employing and educating those historically excluded by academia.” They are aiming to raise $500 million in capital to open a physical campus in the Seattle area and start enrolling students by fall of 2023.  Listen in to learn more about their compelling vision and what it takes to start a new university in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.
January 11, 2022
An Education for Dynamic Change with David Staley
What kind of education do today's college students need to thrive in a constantly changing world?  In his latest IngenioUs blog post, historian and futurist David Staley suggests a 'dynamic change curriculum that is flexible and forward-looking.'  Staley argues that rather than narrowly specialized, vocational training, emerging adults most need an education that prepares them to live and work in a VUCA world, 'one that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambitious.'  Read more here.
January 07, 2022
Achieving Strategic Enrollment Health with Tim Fuller
In this IngenioUs mini episode we speak with enrollment management expert Tim Fuller about what it takes to bring in the class during these anxious and uncertain times in higher education. Long time enrollment practitioner, owner and SVP at Credo and now founder of his own consulting firm, Fuller Higher Ed Solutions, Tim is our featured presenter at our January 19th, 2022 Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Ed webinar.  In our brief conversation here, Tim shares a few high level take aways for what webinar attendees can expect to learn.  To register for the webinar: Tim founded Fuller Higher Ed Solutions in June of 2020 to focus even more of his time on enrollment health, strategic planning, and leadership counsel. A frequent conference and campus presenter, Tim underpins over 40 years of data trends and research with storytelling, wit, and campus examples to bring statistics to life and connect his audiences with the part they all play in an organization’s strategic enrollment health, plan for the future, and overall mission.
December 23, 2021
Building a Purpose-Driven Campus from Scratch with University of Minnesota-Rochester Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Stephen Lehmkuhle
When Dr. Stephen Lehmkuhle became the chancellor of the brand-new University of Minnesota-Rochester campus, he had to start from scratch. There was no legacy mission, no physical campus, no academic programs, no athletic teams and so on.  Lehmkuhle quickly realized that his first and most important act was to confirm the central organizing purpose of the campus. In our conversation, Stephen shares what it takes to build a campus from scratch.  According to this seasoned educator, even for those who work on campuses with long histories and enduring missions, a renewed focus on campus purpose can inspire new and fresh ways of thinking about the many elements of campus operation and function that we take for granted. Stephen Lemkuhle is the author of the recent book, Campus with Purpose: Building a Mission-Driven Campus, a book that tells the story of the creation of the University of Minnesota-Rochester where he served as inaugural Chancellor.
December 17, 2021
Disruptor in Chief with Dr. Mark Lombardi
As Maryville University's 10th president (since 2007), Dr. Mark Lombardi has led an innovative revolution, earning national distinction, resulting in mind-bending enrollment growth and gains in student learning, success, and retention.  With enrollment reaching 11,000 and with 90+ campus-based, online, undergraduate and graduate degree programs and a 98% job placement rate (meaning students obtain a job in their chosen field or attend graduate school within six months of graduating), Maryville is clearly on a roll. What's the secret to Maryville's success?  Lombardi attributes several important 'pivot' points including the relentless and courageous pursuit of innovation, a revenue-driven business model, and a highly personalized approach to learning that is informed by learning theory, analytics and diagnostics, and life coaching.  And according to Lombardi, they are just getting started!  Nationally, President Lombardi is recognized as a thought leader in the higher education revolution and is also co-author of the recently released book Pivot: A Vision for the New University (2019).
December 14, 2021
University Design Mindset: An Essential Skill for University Leaders by David J. Staley, Ph.D.
In his latest IngenioUs blog article, David J. Staley, Ph.D. suggests that higher education leaders need to be thinking in more imaginative ways about what universities can be.  According to Staley, bringing change to the university means 'reforming the university as a new discipline or a new design practice.'  As usual, Staley's thinking is provocative and is informing how we think about educating the next generation of higher education leaders.  Listen here and let us know if you have examples of expansive university making models to share.
December 07, 2021
From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Making it Real with Dr. Tia Brown McNair
According to Dr. Tia Brown McNair and the co-authors of her recent book, From Equity Talk to Equity Walk, rhetoric alone about equity, diversity and inclusion won't get the job done in higher education.  During our recent conversation with Dr. Brown McNair, we learn more about what it takes to make equity work stick including having leaders willing to examine their own perceptions of equity, elevating antiracism as an institutional priority by calling out institutionalized racism, and pursuing a facilitated approach to cultural change that helps individuals decipher, from a racial standpoint, the assumptions, implicit theories and values underlying their ways of doing things, among other things.  While there are institutions that are making progress on the equity walk in certain areas, none have fully dismantled institutional racism suggests Brown McNair. This transformation is ongoing and requires higher levels of intentionality and full engagement of educators, accountability, honesty and healing. 
November 30, 2021
After Millennials: Understanding Gen Z Students and their Gen X Parents
In this IngenioUs Mini episode, we hear from nationally renowned expert on college student recruitment, Jeff Kallay, co-founder of Render Experiences (now RNL+Render), the leading firm for campus visit experiences.  As a respected authority on the emerging “experience economy,” Jeff’s presentations on American generations with particular expertise on the current youth generation and their parents, help colleges and organizations understand generational differences and how to best connect with each unique peer group. In this episode, Bay Path professor, Dr. Lauren Way talks with Jeff about his upcoming webinar in the Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Ed series, scheduled for December 13, 2021, 12-1 pm (EST).  To register click here.
November 23, 2021
Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education with MIT Professor and Author Dr. Justin Reich
Based on his latest best-selling book, Failure to Disrupt, it is clear that Justin Reich believes that a digital transformation is, at its core, a very human endeavor. In this week’s IngenioUs episode with the MIT professor, learning scientist and director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab, Justin separates truth from hype and helps us understand what technology can—and can’t—do to transform learning. According to Reich, learning technologies―even those that are free to access―often provide the greatest benefit to affluent students and do little to combat growing inequality in education. Listen here for Justin’s clear, balanced and insightful take on the failure of technology in learning, what needs to be done to make a real impact, and the critical importance of education as community.
November 16, 2021
A Model for Mission-Driven Leadership: Dr. Mary Beth Cooper, President, Springfield College (MA)
With two doctorates and an MBA, Dr. Mary Beth Cooper was clearly qualified to assume the presidency of Springfield College.  Now in her 9th year, President Cooper has instituted several new innovative partnerships and initiatives that have extended Springfield College's impact in the community and she has gained a reputation as a mission-driven and highly strategic, student-centric leader.  During our conversation we learn about her journey to the presidency, how she thinks about innovation, why she puts so much emphasis on building a strong and collaborative senior leadership team, and her thoughts about the future of the four-year degree. 
November 09, 2021
Innovation and Accreditation: An IngenioUs Mini with David Staley, Ph.D.
Is it time to reform higher education accreditation?  David Staley thinks so.  In his latest IngenioUs blog, he suggests it is time to design a new category of accreditation agency that can accommodate innovative and outside-the-box activities.  According to Staley: 'With an innovation accreditor guiding them and granting them permission, colleges and universities might be unleashed to tackle the unimaginative uniformity that afflicts so much of higher education.'  See here for his blog article.
November 04, 2021
The Poet President: Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis, President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York
In this episode, we speak with the pioneering scholar, poet, Dominican immigrant and remarkably inspiring higher education leader, Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis, who recently returned to her beloved Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York to serve as President.  A highly student-centric leader, Daisy's tenure as a faculty member, dean, provost and two-time president is marked by a series of bold and wise actions which have strengthened the learning environment and student experience.  During our conversation we learn about the influences that have shaped Daisy's approach to leadership, her love of poetry and the humanities, her belief in the goodness of others and what it is like to be on the receiving end of one of those unsolicited phone calls and gifts from the philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.
October 27, 2021
Leading an Education Revolution with University of the People Founder and President Shai Reshef
In this week’s episode, we speak with educational entrepreneur and innovator of one of higher ed’s most revolutionary experiments, Shai Reshef. Shai is founder and president of The University of the People, the world’s first and only nonprofit, tuition-free, American accredited online university. Driven by a personal passion to provide higher ed access to qualified individuals regardless of geographic, financial or societal constraints, President Reshef has been recognized worldwide for his work including being named as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most creative People in Business. There is a great deal that we can learn from the University of the People’s ultra-low cost college degree model including how to structure a learning experience with what matters most at the core.
October 19, 2021
Real World Leadership and Transformational Change with Dr. Wallace Pond
Transformational change leadership is all the buzz these days.  And yet, very few leaders have been trained or are skilled in how to actually pull it off.  In this episode, we speak with one of higher ed’s foremost experts on transformational change leadership, someone who has been in the trenches leading organizations through significant, successful change processes:Dr. Wallace Pond.  Having served for decades in multiple CEO, executive, and partnership roles, Wallace is both realistic and insightful about the need today for a new model of leadership.  During our conversation we discuss his recently released book, Leadership in the Real World: Hard Won Lessons from Twenty Years as a Chief Executive in Turbulent Times (2020), and he shares his insights about how leaders can increase their self-knowledge and why compassion and humility are so important today for effective leadership.    Be sure to register for the upcoming Leading Edge in Higher Education webinar Game Changing Leadership in Times of Profound Change which will be presented by Dr. Pond.  The webinar is free and online and is scheduled for October 20th at 12 - 1 pm (EST).  To register:
October 12, 2021
Lessons in Leading with Joy and Purpose with Dr. Marjorie Hass, President of the Council of Independent Colleges
As a highly successful two-time college president, provost and award winning teacher, Dr. Marjorie Hass is very well informed about the challenges facing college and university leaders.  And yet, she is both hopeful and realistic about the future and what leaders need to know and do to navigate these dynamic times.  Recently elected as the first woman president of The Council of Independent Colleges and a philosopher by training, Dr. Hass is the author of a just released and widely acclaimed book, A Leadership Guide for Women in Higher Education (JHU Press, 2021). In this kick-off episode for Season 3, we talk with Dr. Hass about her impressive professional journey and we are inspired by her insights about what it takes to lead in today's environment while retaining one's sense of self and find joy and purpose in the work.  
October 05, 2021
Higher Ed at Scale: David Staley Ph.D.
For a very long time now, higher education has trended toward growth.  Indeed, the emergence of a new class of organizational type, e.g., the mega university, reflects a business strategy that many institutions are emulating; a strategy rooted in a belief that one's survival in this increasingly competitive environment is best assured through increasing scale.  In this latest IngenioUs blog article, David Staley, Ph.D. suggests another way forward for smaller colleges and universities.  Citing a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article by Scott Carlson, Staley suggests that small colleges might ensure their future through a de-scaled strategy that offers an educational experience at human scale.  
October 01, 2021
Introducing Season 3
Each of us has the potential for breakthrough creative thought and action. But only when we can get outside of the perspectives and experiences that hold us back and limit our ability to think and see in new ways. If we have learned anything from the pandemic it is this: None of us work or exist in isolation. Not on our campuses, nor in the academy more globally. And while the challenges we face on our individual campuses can be overwhelming, we need the perspective and the inspiration that comes in community with others. This is why IngenioUs was created. IngenioUs U is a community where we engage with questions, discussions, and debates about the future of higher education. We consider the pressing and provocative topics that are reshaping higher education and we speak with higher ed’s most creative thinkers and doers. Along the way, we also mine insight, opinions, and ideas to further the conversation and inspire ongoing change.  Join us for this new season of the IngenioUs U podcast where we will speak with college ad university leaders, faculty, innovators and professionals who are experimenting with new approaches and ways of thinking about higher education.  You will be inspired by their courageous stories and their wise insights and you will be exposed to best practices for leading edge thinking. New episodes launch in mid October. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. So you don’t miss an episode.
September 28, 2021
Women and Leadership in Higher Education: Lessons from the Trenches
Even while men still hold the majority of executive leadership positions in higher education, women represent more than half of administrators overall, according to a study from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Women in higher education leadership bring unique and valuable skills and perspectives to bear on their approach to leading, something that is no doubt honed by navigating the competing demands of their gender and their occupation.  During the first two seasons of IngenioUs, we've been privileged to hear from several accomplished women higher ed leaders and we are pleased to share highlights of these conversations in this special summer episode.  The stories that these bold and wise women share are inspiring and provide encouragement for all women who aspire to higher ed leadership, now and in the future.  In order of appearance:  Dr. Elsa Nunez, Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, Dr. Carol Leary, Dr. Valerie Roberson, Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernanedez, Dr. Donna Carroll, Dr. Lenore Rodicio, and Sandra Doran, JD.
August 24, 2021
Remaking Higher Education for Today's Students with Paul Quinn College President Dr. Michael Sorrell
In this episode, we speak with Dr. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. Under Dr. Sorrell’s 13-year tenure as president, Paul Quinn has become a national movement for its efforts to remake higher education in order to serve the needs of under-resourced students and communities. Join us to learn more about President Sorrell’s unconventional pathway to the presidency and the highly inventive route that he and PQC have pursued to design a new kind of university for today’s students.  For more information about President Sorrell and this remarkable institution, see here:
August 13, 2021
Innovation and Sustainable Change: What Every Higher Ed Leader Needs to Know
It seems like everyone is talking about innovation these days. Boards of trustees are looking for innovative leaders, and there is a sense of urgency around the need to think and act differently. And yet, what does it mean to innovate in this rapidly evolving and increasingly challenging context? What does it take to build and sustain an innovative culture? Where do innovative leaders get their best ideas? Why is it so difficult to innovate and institute lasting change in an academic organization? And what can leaders do? These are just some of the questions addressed by our panel of insightful thought leaders in this special summer episode. In order of appearance: Michael Sorrell, Nathan Grawe, Sandra Doran, Scott Wyatt, Alison Kadlec, Paul LeBlanc, Susan Campbell Baldridge, Brandon Busteed, Bryan Alexander, Lenore Rodicio, David Staley, Laurie Pulido, Gregory Fowler, and Lynn Pasquerella
August 10, 2021
Redesigning the University with David J. Staley
If you could start a university today from scratch, what would you create?  In his latest IngenioUs blog article, David Staley suggests that a critical challenge facing many higher education institutions today is their lack of distinctiveness or differentiation.  Citing University of Minnesota at Rochester, founding chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle's new book,  Campus With Purpose: Building a Mission-Driven Campus,  Staley invites leaders of existing institutions to think deeply about—and to consider radically changing—their mission and purpose.  Indeed, such institutional transformation may be necessary to adapt to the changing future according to Staley.   Read more here:
August 05, 2021
The Distinctive College: Dr. Peter Eden, President and CEO, Landmark College
The challenges facing nearly all of higher education in the years ahead are daunting.  From declining demographics and accelerating competition to increasing questioning about the value of a college education, the need for new innovative models has never been greater.  Going forward, institutional resilience will require that colleges and universities understand and leverage their unique value proposition in an increasingly crowded marketplace.  In this mini episode, Landmark College President and CEO, Dr. Peter Eden speaks with Dr. Lauren Way about what it means to carve out a distinctive niche and mission and why this matters today more than ever.  This episode is a preview to the Leading Edge Thinking virtual webinar that Dr. Eden is presenting on August 25th at 12 noon - 1:00 pm.  Register here:
August 03, 2021
Navigating our Post-Pandemic Future
What is on your radar right now?  As you look the future, what keeps you awake at night?  At the end of each interview, we ask our guests to respond to these same questions, to tell us what is top of mind as they contemplate the post-pandemic future.  We are pleased to share a compilation of the wisdom and insights that these extraordinary thought leaders shared with us during Season 2.  In order of appearance:  Sandra Doran, President at Bay Path University; David Horner, President at The American College in Greece; Yves Solomon-Fernandez, President at Greenfield Community College; Donna Carroll, President at Dominican University (IL); Michael Sorrell, President at Paul Quinn College; Elsa Nunez, President at Eastern Connecticut State University; Paul LeBlanc, President at Southern New Hampshire University; Nathan Grawe, Professor of Economics at Carleton College, and Adrianna Kezar, Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Pulias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California.
July 19, 2021
The Future of the Academic Workforce and Other Trends Worth Watching: Dr. Adrianna Kezar
Is tenure still viable?  Has the pandemic triggered an erosion of faculty governance?  What new models of leadership and governance do we need to consider for the years ahead?  These are just a few of the questions we discuss with higher ed's foremost expert on organizational change, governance and leadership, Dr. Adrianna Kezar.  As Dean's Professor of Leadership, Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California, Kezar is a prolific author and researcher and is frequently quoted in the media about trends and changes in the higher ed landscape that need to be on our radar.  Dr. Kezar shares many valuable tools and frameworks during our conversation.  These resources can be found here:
July 14, 2021
The $9,000 Bachelor's Degree and other Bold Innovations with SUU President Scott Wyatt
We are very excited about this final episode of season 2 wherein we speak with a highly innovative and wise leader—Scott L. Wyatt—who serves as the 16th president of Southern Utah University.  You may have heard about Wyatt recently—he and his team have just launched the $9,000 bachelor’s degree. What many people don’t know is that this is one of a steady stream of innovations that Wyatt has led during his time at SUU. During our wide ranging conversation we talk about innovation, why it is so hard to innovate in higher ed and what he thinks we all need to be doing right now to remain relevant and competitive.  Wyatt is an American attorney, politician, two-time college president and a former member of the Utah State Legislature.  Effective August 15, 2021, President Wyatt will assume the new position of Senior Executive Director of Statewide Online Education within the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, where he will run Utah’s new system-wide approach to online higher ed programming.
July 06, 2021
Imagine Voraciously with Rick Bailey
In this mini episode, we speak with Richard (Rick) H. Bailey, founder and principal of the higher ed marketing and design consultancy firm, RHB.  Rick’s new book, Imagine Voraciously, is well-timed to address the world of new opportunities afforded higher education at this period of stress and challenge. Higher ed leaders have the capacity to re-imagine long-held practices in ways that better serve students and make institutions more sustainable. In his upcoming webinar, which is a part of The Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education series, participants will learn about how imagination works and how to leverage its power, both personally and professionally through practical exercises that Rick will share to enliven your brain power. The webinar is scheduled for July 15th at 12:00 noon (ET) to 1:00 pm.  To register:
June 29, 2021
The Agile College: What Does it Take? A Conversation with Economist Dr. Nathan Grawe
Most higher ed professionals are familiar with Nathan Grawe's groundbreaking work—his 2018 book Demographics and The Demand for Higher Education  informed the projection of an impending demographic cliff that has been on everyone’s radar for a few years now. Nathan has recently completed a follow up research project and book—The Agile College and during our conversation, Nathan shares what he has learned from his interviews with higher education leaders to provide examples of how proactive institutions are grappling with demographic change.  
June 15, 2021
A Champion for Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence: Dr. Lynn Pasquerella
In this episode, we speak with Dr. Lynn Pasquerella who, since 2016, has served as the president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. As a philosopher whose career has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, Lynn has continuously demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to ensuring that all students have access to excellence in liberal education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. In our conversation, Lynn shares how her experience as a first generation college student, then faculty member, provost and eventually college president has shaped her world view and her thinking about higher education and the challenges and opportunities ahead for all of us. For more information about Lynn's background, see here:
June 08, 2021
Strategic Partnerships, Alliances, and Acquisitions: How do Leaders Decide? An IngenioUs Mini with James Quinn
In this mini episode, we speak with CaseStudy Co. Founder and Managing Director, James W. Quinn about the value of the case study consulting approach for addressing some of our institution's most perplexing issues.  James also shares key takeaways from his upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Ed webinar series on a topic where he has particular expertise: Strategic Partnerships, Alliances, and Acquisitions: How do Leaders Decide?   The webinar is scheduled for June 16 at 12:00 - 1:00 pm (ET).  For more information and to register:
May 29, 2021
Who Should Pay for Job Training? Dr. David J. Staley
In this IngenioUs mini episode, Dr. David J. Staley asks us to consider the role and responsibility that employers should have in ensuring college graduates are adequately prepared for work.  Indeed, he suggests that the problem of students taking on increasing debt to pay for their college education is akin to paying for their own job training with those who hire these debt-ridden graduates having 'no skin in the game'.   To read the full blog article that accompanies this episode, see here: For more information about Dr. David Staley, see his full bio here:
May 27, 2021
Leading Well through Crisis and Transition with Dr. Mary Churchill
How would you lead your college if you knew that you had to close it?  In this episode, we speak with someone who did just that.  Less than one year into her job as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Wheelock College, Churchill found herself in the midst of an institutional life or death decision process.  In their recently released book, When Colleges Close, Churchill and Wheelock's president, Dr. David Chard, tell the remarkable success story of Wheelock's merger with Boston University and its closure as a standalone institution.  In our conversation, Mary shares how Wheelock's Board determined early that it needed to plan for a future in which it would no longer be viable as well as lessons learned from the process that will be valuable for all higher ed leaders who are in the midst of crisis or transition. Churchill currently serves as the Chief of Policy and Planning for Boston Mayor Kim Janey.  Before joining the administration in 2021, she was Associate Dean of Community Engagement at Boston University where she represented the college at the Boston Public Schools Equity Roundtable convenings.   Prior to her time at Boston University, she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wheelock College. Additionally, she has held leadership roles in universities and colleges in New England for over thirty years. These include positions at Salem State University, Northeastern University, Bentley College, and Emmanuel College.  For more information about Churchill's background, see here:
May 25, 2021
Reinventing Higher Education One Student At a Time with College Unbound Founder and CEO Dennis Littky
Dr. Dennis Littky is co-founder and co-director of The Met School, co-founder of Big Picture Learning and founder and President of College Unbound. He is nationally known for his game changing and extensive work in secondary education in urban, suburban, and rural settings, spanning over 40 years and now in higher education. His work as an educator has been featured in a movie, A Town Torn Apart, as well as a book, Doc: The Story of Dennis Littky and His Fight for a Better School.  He is an author and the recipient of many awards and honors, and is the recipient of two earned doctoral degrees in psychology and education from the University of Michigan.  Described as a ‘radical educator’, as ‘someone who works up against the edge of convention and out of the box’, and as ‘someone who has changed the conversation in this country about education’, Littky has dedicated his life to making education possible for all.  For more information:
May 18, 2021
How Stressed is Your Institution and What to Do about it? Dr. Susan Campbell Baldridge
In this week’s episode, I sit down with the distinguished academic and inspiring thought leader, Dr. Susan Campbell Baldridge. Serving most recently as executive VP and Provost at Middlebury College in Vermont, Susan is the co-author of a book that has received enormous attention by higher ed leaders and observers around the country. In the book—The College Stress Test: Tracking Institutional Futures Across a Crowded Marketplace—Susan and her co-authors suggest that at least 10% of colleges and universities nationwide are at severe risk of not making it. In our conversation, Susan shares her insights about the research which grounds the authors’ observations as well as her recommendations for what college leaders can do right now to de-stress and ensure a sustainable future for their institutions.
May 14, 2021
The Post Pandemic Curriculum: An IngenioUs Mini with Gray Associates Founder and CEO, Bob Atkins
In this mini episode, Gray Associates Founder and CEO, Bob Atkins shares some of the highlights he will be covering in his upcoming Leading Edge Thinking free webinar:The Post Pandemic Curriculum: Using Market and Economic Data to Shape a Future--Focused Academic Program. To register for the webinar which will be held on May 26th at 12 pm - 1 pm (EST), see here. Registration link:
May 06, 2021
Inside the Mind of a Serial Higher Ed Innovator: Dr. David Horner, President, The American College of Greece
In this week’s episode, I sit down with three-time college president, Dr. David Horner. Currently serving as president of The American College in Greece (ACG), David is a serial higher education innovator. Over the course of his career, he has strengthened and transformed three uniquely distinct institutions. In our conversation, David shares his insights about the process he has followed to determine the appropriate strategic direction and to find the opportunities that have contributed to enhanced viability at each institution. You will not want to miss out on this conversation and to hear David’s thoughts about what it takes to maintain an innovative mindset in this increasingly challenging and complex environment.
April 27, 2021
What's Next with Online Learning and Are You Ready? A Conversation with Ease Learning CEO, Laurie Pulido
In this week’s episode, we catch up with Laurie Pulido, CEO of Ease Learning. We spoke with Laurie on the front end of the pandemic, and she shared many valuable observations about how colleges and universities were pivoting their learning delivery. This interview resonated deeply with our listeners--it was the most highly listened to episode during season 1. Given the continuing rapid pace of change and uncertainty about campus plans for the fall, we circled back to Laurie to get her take on the current status of learning delivery. You will not want to miss out on this conversation to hear her latest thoughts about where things now stand with online learning and what colleges and universities need to do to stay ahead of the curve.
April 20, 2021
From English Professor to Higher Ed Disruptor: A Conversation with SNHU President Paul LeBlanc
In this week’s episode, we speak with Dr. Paul LeBlanc, who is in his 18th year as president of Southern New Hampshire University. Under his leadership, SNHU has grown from 2,800 students to over 135,000 learners which makes it the largest nonprofit provider of online higher education in the country. While many people may know the story of SNHU’s growth, what is not as well-known is the unlikely career trajectory of its president. Listen in to learn about the influences that shaped Paul Leblanc’s journey to lead the country’s largest nonprofit university, as well as his thoughts about what’s next for higher ed. For more information about Paul LeBlanc, see here:
April 13, 2021
Purposeful Digital Leadership in Higher Education with Dr. Josie Ahlquist
Leadership in higher education is changing in the digital and social age. Building an effective presence in social media can help a leader carry out her role more effectively and powerfully.  In this latest IngenioUs Mini episode, Dr. Josie Ahlquist provides a brief introduction to 'purposeful digital leadership' along with real life examples for how how to apply a strategic values-based approach to social media. It’s all about authentic engagement, transparent storytelling, and building a genuine campus community. To learn more about how to build and implement a digital engagement strategy that fits your life, your audience, and your purpose, register for Josie's upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education free webinar, April 21st at 12 noon (ET).
April 02, 2021
A University for Polymaths by Dr. David Staley
In this latest IngenioUs Mini episode, Dr. David Staley asks us to Imagine a university where each student—as a condition for graduation--majors in a Head subject (like economics or linguistics), a Hand subject (like advanced manufacturing, but also art or design) and a Heart subject (such as nursing or early-childhood education or social work, or just simply in the art of listening)? According to Staley, the 21st century polymath—educated in this new-style university--would be that individual who can simultaneously think, make and care.  Isn't that the kind of human being our world needs more of--now and in the future?  For more information about David Staley, see here: And to hear more of David Staley's thinking about the university of the future, listen to this full length episode:
April 01, 2021
Leading for Long-Term Success with Dominican University President Dr. Donna Carroll
In this week’s episode, we speak with Dr. Donna Carroll, who is in her 27th year as president of Dominican University, a comprehensive Catholic university of 3,200 students, located 10 miles west of Chicago. Dr. Carroll has presided over a period of tremendous and sustained growth at Dominican University—in size, quality, and complexity. Her presidential tenure reflects all of the essential ingredients for long-term leadership success, something that is a bit of a rarity for college and university presidents these days. Listen in to hear her story and her take on leadership during these increasingly turbulent times.  For more information about Dr. Carroll's remarkable legacy, see here:
March 30, 2021
Higher Ed Search Reimagined with Dr. Jay Lemons, President, Academic Search
In this episode, we speak with Dr. Jay Lemons, president of the premier higher education search firm Academic Search and long serving college president. Jay and his team of search consultants are in the trenches, helping colleges and universities find the right leaders for their open positions. And they have a pretty good sense about what institutions are looking for right now when they set out to hire a dean, provost or president. Listen in to hear his wise counsel on how best to prepare yourself for a career change, how to navigate the search process including what things to avoid, and how to discern whether a presidency should be in your future.  See here for more information about Dr. Jay Lemons:
March 23, 2021
Is it Time to Redefine Innovation?
In this new 'Mini' episode, Bay Path University provost emerita and founding director of the Center for Higher Education Leadership and Innovative Practice (CHELIP), Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson shares her thoughts about what's missing from the current conversation about innovation in higher education.  
March 19, 2021
Leading from the Margins with Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, President, Hollins University
Having grown up in an environment that explicitly denied her the opportunities afforded those in the center, Dr. Mary Dana Hinton defiantly created a model of leadership from the margins.  In our conversation, this bold and wise leader and president of Hollins University tells us why she still dwells by choice in marginal spaces and why she believes the work of inclusive leadership is a critically important priority for all higher ed leaders today.  For more information about President Hinton, see here:
March 02, 2021
Innovative Solutions for Addressing Campus Racial Injustice: An IngenioUs Mini
In this IngenioUs Mini Episode, Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, Virginia Tech's Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Inclusion and Diversity and Dr. Lauren Way, Bay Path University's Director of the MS in Higher Ed Administration discuss our upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Ed webinar: Innovative and Authentic Solutions for Addressing Racial Injustice on Your Campus.  Dr. Pratt-Clarke is our featured presenter for this free, virtual presentation on March 23 at 12 noon (EST).  All registrants will receive a link to Dr. Pratt-Clarke's presentation.  To register:
February 28, 2021
AI at the University of Florida: A Revolutionary Model with Game Changing Impact
Earlier this year, the University of Florida announced a $70 million public-private artificial intelligence partnership with NVIDIA Corporation with the goal of ‘catapulting UF’s research strength to address some of the world’s most formidable challenges, including creating access to AI training and tools for underrepresented communities and building momentum for transforming the future of the workforce. In his capacity as Associate Provost, Dr. David Reed found himself squarely in the middle of this game changing initiative. In this week’s episode, we talk with Dr. Reed about how the partnership is going and hear why he and his colleagues are so enthusiastic about the power of AI to transform education.  To learn more about this groundbreaking initiative, see here: To learn more about Dr.  David Reed:
February 23, 2021
Lessons on Leading and Living with Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez
As president of Greenfield Community College in western Mass (her third presidency), Dr. Salomon-Fernandez is a recognized thought leader, writing and speaking on reinventing higher education, rural innovation, equity, and women’s leadership. Named recently by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and Cengage as one of thirteen college presidents nationwide to receive their Inclusion Scholarship, Yves Salomon-Fernández, Ph.D. is one of higher ed's brightest voices and someone we all need to be listening to. For more on Dr. Salomon-Fernandez's background, see here:
February 16, 2021
Reinventing Higher Ed from Scratch: The Minerva Story with Founder Ben Nelson
Ben Nelson’s passion for disrupting education was first sparked during his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Flash forward several years and following on the heels of a highly successful entrepreneurial career including 10 years at Snapfish where he helped build the company from startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service, Ben brought his not-forgotten vision to life by founding the Minerva Project. Now ten years old, Minerva has become the disruptive force that Ben originally envisioned. In this episode of IngenioUs, you can hear my conversation with Ben including his take on the Minerva Story and why it has become such a powerful vehicle for reinventing higher education from scratch.  To learn more about Ben and Minerva, see here.
February 09, 2021
The New Essentials of College Retention Planning with Dr. Tim Culver
In this special IngenioUs Mini episode, Dr. Lauren Way and Dr. Tim Culver discuss both the pre-enrollment and post-enrollment data and analytics which help to produce data-informed retention planning efforts.  While the data inform the plan, data are not enough. Participants will have a discussion of steps for retention planning and the necessary strategies to assist with the development of the student success and re-enrollment management plan.  To register for Dr. Culver's free upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Ed webinar, see here. Registration link:
February 03, 2021
Leadership Presence: Why it Matters and How to Strengthen Yours with Susan Daniels
For today's higher education leaders personal and professional presence is a critical ingredient for success, particularly in the kind of dynamic and quickly changing environment in which we are now working. In this episode, we speak with actor, director, professor, and presentation coach and leadership trainer, Susan Daniels about why executive presence is so important for leadership effectiveness and what you can do to strengthen yours. Graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the drama studio London and currently a member of the instructional staff at Amherst College, Susan uses her professional theater background to help students faculty, staff and senior executives in educational and corporate settings present themselves more authentically and effectively.  Before coming to Amherst, Susan served as public speaking faculty at the Weissman Center for Leadership and as the chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Mount Holyoke College. The Princeton Review has featured her as one of the “300 Best Professors in the United States.” For more information about Susan, see here.
February 02, 2021
Imagining Higher Ed's Future: A Conversation with Bryan Alexander
In this episode, we talk with Bryan Alexander.  As an award-winning, internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher who works in the field of higher education’s future, Bryan has his finger on the pulse of the trends that we all need to be paying attention to right now.  In this episode, Bryan shares key insights from his recent widely acclaimed book, Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education, wherein he offers a fresh and provocative perspective on the emerging colleges and universities of today and tomorrow. For more information about Bryan, see here. To sign up for Bryan's Future Trends Forum (FTF), see here.  For more information about the Higher Education's Big Rethink project that Bryan discusses in this episode, see here. 
January 26, 2021
A Compelling Vision for Women's Education: Bay Path University President Sandra Doran J.D.
In this first episode of Season 2, we speak with seasoned academic leader, corporate senior executive, lawyer, innovator, battle-tested entrepreneur, and Bay Path University's new president, Sandra J. Doran J.D. about her experience in assuming a presidency in the midst of the pandemic.  You will be inspired by her vision and enthusiasm for higher ed's future as well as her passion for women's education. Her bio can be found here.
January 19, 2021
An IngenioUs Mini: Using Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) to Map Your Institution's Future
In this ever-competitive higher education environment, those institutions that can effectively differentiate from the competition, generate new demand, and find new markets will have an advantage.  In his upcoming Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Ed webinar, MBA faculty, entrepreneur and business strategist, Dr. James Wilson III introduces us to Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS), a method and useful tools that college leaders can use to do just that.  This webinar will introduce a range of BOS tools, provide industry examples of BOS, explore value propositions in higher education, and explore questions about what changes will improve competitiveness and yield new value.  Listen here for a brief preview of the January 20, 2021 free webinar. To register for the webinar and to see Dr. Wilson's bio, see here.
December 30, 2020
Looking Ahead to 2021 and Beyond: What’s On Your Radar?
In this bonus episode, Bay Path University doctoral program coordinator in higher education leadership and organizational studies, Dr. Mela Dutka, assumes the role of host to interview Dr. Morriss-Olson.  Topics include the innovative mindset, academic entrepreneurship, and what we learned from IngenioUs season 1 guests about what is on their radar as they look ahead to 2021 and beyond.   See here for Dr. Dutka's bio: See here for Dr. Morriss-Olson's bio:
December 15, 2020
Leader as Futurist with Dr. David Staley
In this IngenioUs Mini episode, Dr. David Staley shares an insight about how leaders might best prepare to lead the institutions and organizations of the future.  To hear more of his insights on this topic, check out the full length episode at To register for David Staley's free webinar on December 16 in The Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education webinar series, sponsored by The Center for Higher Education Leadership and Innovative Practice (CHELIP) at Bay Path University, use this link: About David Staley, Ph.D.: David Staley, Ph.D. is associate professor in the departments of History, Design and Educational Studies at the Ohio State University, education strategy consultant with Dutcher, LLC and Honorary Faculty Fellow in Innovation with The Center for Higher Ed Leadership and Innovative Practice (CHELIP) at Bay Path University. His research interests include digital history, the philosophy of history, historical methodology, and the history and future of higher education. He has published widely (in print and electronically) on the intersection of technology and scholarship. He is the author of Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education, Computers, Visualization and History; History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future; and Brain, Mind and Internet: A Deep History and Future. From 2011-2012 he served as National Dean for General Education at Harrison College, and from 2003-2008, he was Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC). In addition to his written works, he has designed and curated both online and physical exhibitions, publishing numerous visual compositions in digital media. He serves as President of Columbus Futurists, host of CreativeMornings Columbus, and host of the podcast Voices of Excellence.
November 20, 2020
An IngenioUs Mini: Adapting Human-Centered Design (HCD) to Shape the University of Tomorrow.
In their upcoming free webinar in the Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Ed webinar series, Chris Huizinga, Co-Owner and Strategy Director, and Andreya Veintimilla, Design Researcher and Strategist, of Desklight--a design firm specialized in learning--will introduce you to human-centered design (HCD) — a process that can help institutions to build more sustainable and comprehensive value for learners, faculty, and administrators in a post-COVID learning landscape. This webinar will briefly explore the history of HCD and show examples of how this collaborative process uncovers stakeholder insights, generates brave new strategies, and designs more valuable engagements for learning within complex systems. Listen in to this brief interview with Chris for a preview of the webinar and to catch a glimpse of the passion that he and his colleagues at Desklight have for helping organizations connect their vision and value more meaningfully with their audiences.   Register for this free webinar here:
October 30, 2020
An IngenioUs Mini: The Human Side of Innovation Preview with Elaine Dundon
Against the backdrop of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, an increasing number of people are questioning the meaning of their lives and work. They want to know that their lives and work truly matter and that they are making a positive and meaningful difference. At the same time, there is a call for a higher level of innovation to address the widespread changes we are all experiencing in 2020 and, going forward, as we enter the so-called "new normal."   In the inaugural Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Ed webinar, best-selling author and founder of the Global Meaning Institute, Elaine Dundon will introduce key concepts for developing a meaning centric approach to innovative thinking.   Listen to this brief interview with Elaine for a preview of the webinar.  To register for the free webinar, click here:
October 15, 2020
A Remarkably Uncommon Leadership Journey: Dr. Elsa Nunez President, Eastern Connecticut State University
Join us for a conversation with a remarkably uncommon and inspiring leader, Dr. Elsa Nunez. As president of Eastern Connecticut State University since 2006, Dr. Nunez’s career path is clearly informed by her personal experience and humble beginnings, growing up in Puerto Rico and then immigrating to Newark NJ where she attended school. Her struggles as a non-English speaking elementary school student set the stage for a career in higher education that has resulted in significantly improved access and success for underserved students. As president, Dr. Nunez’s commitment to access is evidenced by gains in the representation of minority faculty and improved retention and graduation rates for underrepresented students at Eastern. And the Dual Degree Enrollment program that she established early in her presidency has received national attention for its success in closing the achievement gap.  Check out more information about Dr. Nunez's remarkable legacy here:
October 13, 2020
Lessons Learned from Teaching Through COVID with Dr. Jennifer Stratton and Dr. Tom Menella
The sudden and unprecedented shuttering of our college campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced educators to face the most jarring and rapid change of perhaps any profession in history. Within a moment’s notice, faculty were asked to leave their classrooms indefinitely and, in many cases, to recreate a learning environment that is 100 percent virtual.  As challenging as that dictate was, it represents possibly the best-case scenario in what’s proven to be an incredibly inequitable landscape during the pandemic. Whereas some colleges are conducting online learning in what’s been described as a fairly seamless transition, many others are struggling simply to connect with students to ensure that their basic needs—including sufficient food—are being met. Just as college and university responses during the pandemic have varied widely, so too have been the experiences of our faculty. In this week’s episode of IngenioUs U, we have the opportunity to hear from two seasoned faculty members about their experiences teaching through COVID and how this experience has changed their approach for the better.  They also have some valuable insights about how our institutions need to rethink our support for faculty, especially given that faculty are the one consistent thread that connects our students to our institutions, now more than ever.
October 06, 2020
Imagining the University of the Future with Dr. David J. Staley
In his role as history professor and director of the humanities institute at The Ohio State University where he also leads the forum on the university, historian and futurist Dr. David J. Staley spends a good deal of time thinking about the future of higher education. His latest book, Alternative Universities, Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education, (Johns Hopkins Press, 2019) has taken the higher ed world by storm. And for good reason. Staley is one of a handful of individuals who in 2018 forecast the current global pandemic and his insights about the future have largely been on target. When it comes to higher ed, Staley suggests that the notion of innovation has become somewhat of a cliché and our discussions about higher ed innovation are rarely expansive or imaginative enough. He believes that the future belongs to those institutions that possess the vision and the courage to step out from the crowd and pursue a strategically-differentiated mission.  During our conversation, he shares some valuable insights for how to do just that.  Join us for this inspiring and compelling conversation with historian, faculty member, futurist and strategy consultant with Dutcher LLC, David Staley.  See here for more background information.
September 29, 2020
The Golden Principles of High Quality Instructional Design and Student Success
With a Ph.D. in instructional design for online learning and several years of experience leading learning innovation across multiple institutions including in his current role as Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia University, Dr. Erik Nelson is clearly an expert in the science of teaching and learning. According to Erik, many institutions have an overly narrow viewpoint when it comes to learning modalities. Right now, many schools are focused primarily on online learning. He suggests we need to broaden our thinking and start with the question: ‘How do you design instruction in the best possible way to make sure you meet your students’ real learning needs versus ‘how do we adapt our instructional design to make online learning work? At the end of the day, high quality instruction is likely to mean using a wide range of modalities to meet specific learning outcomes according to this expert educator. Join us for this conversation that is full of wisdom and practical strategies by master educator and learning innovator Erik Nelson.
September 22, 2020
Reimagining the Gap Year and Other Bold Ideas with Educational Entrepreneur Megan O’Connor
Megan O’Connor is a serial educational entrepreneur. Currently at Kaplan, she is spearheading development of their new Boost program, designed for pre-college students to bridge the gap between college and work readiness. According to O’Connor, college students need to get as much career exposure as possible. And colleges need to connect the dots between the programs they offer and the skills and knowledge that are in demand in today’s workplace. Join us to hear more of this creative thinker’ s insights about how colleges and students can best connect the college experience to 21st century careers.
September 15, 2020
The Future of Online Learning with Ease Learning CEO Laurie Pulido
As CEO of Ease Learning, Laurie Pulido and her team are pioneers in the online learning and design world. They have worked with scores of institutions over their 20 year history and they know what it takes to create the kind of online learning experiences that will enable student success and achievement. According to Pulido, everything is shifting with online learning; the online student experience is now following an entirely new round of brand institutions—institutions that are distinguishing themselves in providing an engaging and high quality experience for their students. This is the future of online learning says Pulido, and this is where there is enormous opportunity for even the smallest of institutions without brand recognition.  Join us for this provocative conversation with leading edge thinker and learning design leader and innovator Laurie Pulido. For more information about Laurie and Ease Learning, see here:
September 08, 2020
Getting Ready for What's Next with SNHU's Global Campus President, Dr. Greg Fowler
As president of SNHU’s Global Campus, Dr. Fowler leads the academic functions in support of all of SNHU’s learning experience and modalities—a role that places him right in the middle of significant experimentation and innovation. According to President Fowler, higher education is never going back to the way things used to be before COVID…and even when students eventually return to campus, colleges and universities need to be aware of all of the disruptions that are underway right now, behind the scenes.  Fowler suggests we need to be ready for what’s coming next and help our campus communities be open to these disruptions…if we want to help more of our learners be successful. Subscribe now to make sure you do not miss this inspiring conversation and Dr., Fowler’s insights about where you can find opportunities for innovation—even in the midst of this current crisis.
September 01, 2020
Money Problems? Look to your Academic Portfolio: Dr. William Massy
As emeritus professor and former officer of Stanford University, Dr. Massy has been active as a teacher/researcher, consultant, and university administrator for more than 40 years. After gaining tenure in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, he served as Vice President for Research, Acting Provost, and Vice President for Business and Finance—where he developed and pioneered financial planning and management tools that have become standard in the field. As Professor of Higher Education at Stanford, he developed new ways of thinking about resource allocation, cost containment and academic quality assurance and improvement. There is no one better to talk about something that is on the mind of most higher ed leaders these days—how to reduce cost and increase the revenue of our academic programs. According to Massy, this current crisis calls for actions on a scale that will stretch most institutions beyond anything they have previously experienced. Listen in to hear his ideas about how your institution can get started now in strengthening your bottom line. See here for more background about Dr. William Massy:
August 25, 2020
Finding Meaning and Purpose in the Leadership Journey: Dr. Valerie Roberson
These are not easy times for leaders in higher ed. In the midst of so much uncertainty and challenge, where does one find the inspiration to stay positive and keep moving forward? According to long-standing leader and college president, Dr. Valerie Roberson, it is essential to rise above the fray and find meaning and purpose in the work of leading. She would know. Having served twice as a President , in addition to Vice President of Academic Affairs and Advancement, Dean and Director of various programs, faculty member, researcher and student advisor, Dr. Roberson’s experience is broad and deep. Currently, Dr. Roberson is President of Roxbury Community College where she has led the transformation of the institution on every level resulting in significant cost savings and enhanced student engagement and achievement. You will be inspired by Dr. Roberson’s Leadership journey and her insights about how to find meaning and purpose in the work of leading—even when things are tough and resources are in short supply. See here for more information about Dr. Roberson:
August 18, 2020
Using Data to Make Better Decisions and Address Money Problems: A Conversation with Robert Atkins
As CEO and Founder of the higher ed consulting firm, Gray Associates, Bob Atkins has pioneered the use of rigorous research, data analytics, and advanced analytical techniques to help colleges and universities make smarter decisions. Just as COVID-19 has disrupted our personal lives, it has also changed the context in which our institutions reside. According to Atkins, real time data is needed now more than ever just so we can understand what is happening on a local level and make good decisions about how to respond to a rapidly shifting context. Listen to hear Bob’s take on what data need to be on every college’s radar and how to use it to make sure your institution is still standing post-pandemic. To learn more about Bob’s work, see here:
August 11, 2020
Creating Large-Scale Student Focused Change: A Conversation with Dr. Alison Kadlec
If institutional change does not make things better for students, something is missing. Join us for this provocative conversation with higher ed culture and climate change expert Dr. Alison Kadlec. According to Dr. Kadlec, effective large-scale, student focused change requires that everyone be involved and own the process. Listen in to hear her helpful guidance for how to create the conditions for positive change on your campus.
August 04, 2020
What’s Your Next Big Thing? A Conversation with Higher Ed Marketing Guru Rick Bailey
As principal of the higher education marketing firm, RHB, and with more than 30 years of nonprofit marketing experience, Rick Bailey and his team have helped hundreds of institutions find and tell their unique stories. According to Rick, it has never been more important than right now—in the midst of this pandemic—for colleges and universities to get really clear about their one-and-only market position and value. Join us for this uplifting conversation with a highly creative thinker who will challenge you to imagine voraciously and dream boldly about that next big thing for your institution. Learn more about Rick and RHB here:
July 28, 2020
Talking About Higher Ed’s Biggest Issues with Brandon Busteed
As president of Kaplan University Partners Brandon has his finger on the pulse of what’s happening in higher education right now. He is an internationally known speaker and author on educational policy who consults frequently with leaders around the globe. Join us for this conversation to hear Brandon’s take on higher Ed’s biggest issues and challenges along with his advice for how to prepare your institution for a post-pandemic future.
July 21, 2020
Dr. Lenore Rodicio: In the Company of Transformational Women Leaders
As Executive VP and Provost of our nation’s largest community college, Miami Dade College, Dr. Lenore Rodicio is a transformational leader. She is also an expert in what colleges can do to move the dime on student access and achievement, particularly for underprepared students. You will be inspired by my conversation with this wise leader who shares her insights about how to reimagine higher education for the benefit of all students.
July 14, 2020
Dr. Amer Ahmed: Addressing Racial Injustice on Campus with Authentic, Actionable Change
On the eve of the George Floyd killing, colleges have an opportunity to reimagine their resources and structures to humanize and offer dignity to racially minoritized students and communities. And yet, while many leaders have issued strong words of support, few seem to know how to make change happen. On this episode, intercultural communications consultant and national thought leader, Dr. Amer Ahmed offers practical guidance for how to move beyond the words to create change that will stick. Dr. Ahmed serves as Interim Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Visiting Faculty at Dickinson College. Check out his new podcast wherever you listen: The Eclectic Inclusion Podcast.
July 07, 2020
Campus Reopening Planning: What Students Think
While there have been many perspectives about what colleges and universities should do come fall, the student viewpoint has been largely missing from the conversation. Join Dr. Morriss-Olson for this lively conversation with four current college students. Hear what they think about the pivot to remote learning this spring and their advice for their college leaders on campus reopening planning. Their perspectives may surprise you!
July 01, 2020
Dr. Kristina Hallett: Getting Comfortable with Ambiguity
The one thing we know we need to do as higher ed leaders is to increase flexibility and adaptability. But we also need to become better at tolerating ambiguity. Join us for this conversation with executive coach, best-selling author and clinical psychologist Dr. Kristina Hallett. In this episode Dr. Hallett offers insights from her work with high level leaders about how to get comfortable with ambiguity and remain resilient so that you can stay focused on the challenges at hand.
June 23, 2020
Keys to Effective Leadership and Conflict Management with Dr. Josh Weiss
How many of us wake up in the morning ready to confront conflict? And yet, we live in a world where conflict surrounds us on a daily basis. This is especially true for higher ed leaders where we can count on conflict coming from various directions. In this episode, negotiation and conflict resolution expert and author, Dr. Josh Weiss shares strategies that any higher ed professional can apply to make conflict work for you and boost your leadership effectiveness in the process.
June 16, 2020
Dr. Carol Leary: Lessons in Innovative Leadership
On the brink of her retirement, Bay Path University president Dr. Carol Leary shares what she’s learned over 25 years of weathering big storms, overseeing huge shifts and reimagining what an institution that serves lifelong learners looks like.
May 22, 2020