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.
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.
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:
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.
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: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3419307852606901776
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.
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: https://www.aacu.org/president/lynn-pasquerella
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: https://www.baypath.edu/events-calendar/details/strategic-partnerships-alliances-and-acquisitions-how-do-leaders-decide/2021-06-16/
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: https://ingeniousu.org/
For more information about Dr. David Staley, see his full bio here: https://history.osu.edu/people/staley.3
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: https://www.bu.edu/wheelock/profile/mary-churchill/
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: https://www.bigpicture.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=584289&type=u&pREC_ID=915338
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.
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: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8345372832311725326
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.
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.
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: https://www.snhu.edu/about-us/leadership-and-history
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). https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/48537253951150862
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:https://history.osu.edu/people/staley.3
And to hear more of David Staley's thinking about the university of the future, listen to this full length episode: https://anchor.fm/chelip/episodes/Imagining-the-University-of-the-Future-with-Dr--David-J--Staley-ejiuu9
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: https://www.dom.edu/about-dominican/office-president/about
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: https://academicsearch.org/our-team/entry/765/
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.
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: https://www.pqc.edu/about-the-president/
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: https://www.hollins.edu/who-we-are/our-president-leadership/
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: https://www.baypath.edu/events-calendar/details/innovative-and-authentic-solutions-for-addressing-racial-injustice-on-your-campus/2021-03-23/
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: https://ai.ufl.edu/
To learn more about Dr. David Reed: http://aa.ufl.edu/about-the-office/staff/dr-david-reed/
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: https://www.gcc.mass.edu/presidents-office/bio/
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.
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: https://www.baypath.edu/events-calendar/details/the-new-essentials-of-college-student-retention-planning/2021-02-24/
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. https://susandanielsconsulting.com/
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. https://bryanalexander.org/bio/
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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.baypath.edu/academics/faculty-directory/biography/mela-dutka/
See here for Dr. Morriss-Olson's bio: https://www.baypath.edu/academics/faculty-directory/biography/melissa-morriss-olson/
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 https://anchor.fm/chelip/episodes/Imagining-the-University-of-the-Future-with-Dr--David-J--Staley-ejiuu9.
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: https://www.baypath.edu/events-calendar/details/futurist-leader-visionary-10-habits-of-mind/2020-12-16/
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.
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: https://www.baypath.edu/events-calendar/details/adapting-human-centered-design-hcd-to-shape-the-university-of-tomorrow/2020-11-17/
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: https://www.baypath.edu/events-calendar/details/the-human-side-of-innovation-finding-joy-and-meaning-in-everyday-life-and-work/2020-10-29/
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: https://www.easternct.edu/president/index.html
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.easelearning.com/
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.
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: https://www.williammassy.com
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: https://www.rcc.mass.edu/images/pdf/Valerie_Roberson_Bio_August_2018_Final.pdf
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: www.grayassociates.com
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.
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: www.rhb.com
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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, author, and co-founder of Harvard’s renowned negotiation program shares strategies that any higher ed professional can apply to make conflict work for you and boost your leadership effectiveness in the process.
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.