It was bombshell news when the Big Ten announced this summer that UCLA and USC would be joining the conference in two years. Many think this latest edition of athletic conference realignment in higher ed has nothing to do with the wellbeing of students and it’s all about the money for their institutions. Reporter Matt Brown from The Athletic and Arizona State University sports historian Victoria Jackson break down why the conferences have so much power over the historical foundations of American higher education. This episode made possible with sponsorship from Ascendium Education Group and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Jeff and Michael discuss the current state of higher ed. The impact of economic conditions, a massive realignment of NCAA athletic conferences, the great resignation, and how to re-engage students in their learning after the last academic year are just some topics they'll investigate in Season 6. This episode made possible with sponsorship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ascendium Education Group.
Tune in for the Season 5 finale of the Future U podcast, as hosts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn reflect on the challenges and changes in higher ed as the country emerges from the pandemic, the end of federal stimulus dollars, the podcast's 100th episode, and the Future U. campus tour. Listen to their predictions for the coming year, and get ready for a new season this fall, as the podcast hits the road again with a visit to Bowie State University.
On the campus of Georgia Tech, Future U. host Michael Horn and guest host Aimée Eubanks Davis talk with Georgia Tech's President Ángel Cabrera, Emory University's President Greg Fenves, and members of both communities on strengthening student wellbeing, the role of an urban campus, and the impact of research universities.
Two storied Jesuit institutions, the College of Holy Cross and Fordham Universities, have their first lay presidents. But Vincent Rougeau and Tania Tetlow are also both trained lawyers and each one respectively is the first Black president and first woman president to lead their institutions. Michael and Jeff welcome Vince and Tania to the podcast.
The second stop of the Future U campus tour took hosts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Chancellor Gene Block and a panel of guests from the UCLA community fielded questions about the impact of university size on access, a flexible student experience, and the future of the higher education workforce.
Given all we hear about the pandemic, learning loss, and mental health issues in K-12, how will Covid-era kids fare as they leave high school behind, and what will the ripple effect be on colleges and universities over the next decade-plus?
In its fifth season, Future U. took the show on the road and recorded on campus at Northeastern University. University President Joseph Aoun, a faculty member, an administrator, and a student weighed in on the future of higher ed, in a post-pandemic world, and how technology and the human touch go hand-in-hand.
A perfect storm of economic factors are driving the narrative for mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships in higher education. John MacIntosh and Kasia Lundy, both advisors to colleges and universities, join Michael and Jeff to explain the landscape and what's next for the sector.