ACE's dotEDU Podcast

​​​​​Each episode of dotEDU presents a deep dive into a major issue impacting college campuses and students across the country. Hosts from ACE, joined by guest experts, lead you through thought-provoking conversations on topics such as campus free speech, diversity in admissions, college costs and affordability, and more.


EPISODE 07: Asian American Students in Higher Ed… It’s Complicated

Hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa have an engaging discussion with Julie J. Park of the University of Maryland, College Park, as they react to the recent Harvard admissions case decision and explore what it means for the future of diversity in higher education. They also dig deeper into the myths around Asian American students. Read more​

EPISODE 06: Big Data Goes to College

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lindsay Wayt, director of analytics f​or the National Association of College and University Bu​​​​siness Officers​ (NACUBO), discusses how colleges and universities are using analytics to achieve the essential goals of a 21st century campus—building campuses that focus on student succes​s, managing costs, improving efficiency, and more. Read more​

EPISODE 05: Beyond the Admission​s Letter: Helping Disadvantaged Students Succeed in College​

​​​​​​​​​​​Anthony Jack, Harvard professor and author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students, talks with ACE hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa about his own experience as a poor, but privileged, student and why getting into college is not the last hurdle students like him face at elite colleges and other institutions. Read more

EPISODE 04: The Current Climate for International Students in the United States

Just back from a trip to China, Brad Farnsworth talks with our podcast hosts about recent trends in international student enrollment, delays in issuing student visas, global partnerships, and whether the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric are impacting international higher education. Read more

EPISODE 03: HSIs Are Narrowing Racial Gaps for Latinx Students

Hispanic student enrollment in higher education has doubled in the last decade. Where are these students going, what do they need, and how do Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs) fit into the equation? Our hosts, along with John Aguilar of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, explore those issues and more. Read more

EPISODE 02: Lifting Up Men of Color

Multiple barriers stand between African American and Latino men and college completion. It’s a complex problem that secondary and postsecondary institutions, educators, and policymakers alike have been trying to address, yet finding ways to apply research to practice requires a community-wide effort. In this episode, Victor Saenz talks about his work as part of the Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) Student Fellows Mentoring Program at the University of Texas at Austin, a research and mentoring project focused on learning about and supporting Latino men in the Central Texas community. Read more

EPISODE 01: Closing the College Success Gap for Low-income Students

In recent decades, low-income students have applied to and started attending college in greater numbers than ever before. But even as the college-attendance gap between rich and poor has shrunk, the gap in the number of college graduates has grown. How can we keep closing the first gap, and begin to address the second? In this episode, Jim McCorkell talks about College Possible’s flagship initiative—an intensive curriculum of coaching and support to help low-income students enroll in college—as well as the newer Catalyze Program, which supports student persistence and success directly on college campuses. Read more


Each episode will feature two co-​hosts from ACE's Research and Government Relations departments.​

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