ACE's dotEDU Podcast

​​​​​​​​​​Each episode of dotEDU presents a deep dive into a major public policy 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.

Recent Episodes

Episode 30: What Higher Ed Needs to Know About the New Supreme Court​

Just three weeks before the presidential election, hosts Jon Fansmith, Mushtaq Gunja, and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the surprising early voter turnout, higher ed’s response to the Trump administration’s executive order restricting diversity training and federal grants, and the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Yale for its consideration of race in admissions. Later they are joined by Phi Beta Kappa CEO Fred Lawrence to explore how Amy Coney Barrett’s inevitable confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice will affect colleges and universities on issues such as diversity in admissions policies and immigration.

Episode 29: Preparing for the 2020 Election on Campus

​​Co-hosts Jon Fansmith and Mushtaq Gunja discuss the new COVID-19 relief bill from House Democrats, keeping the government funded through the end of the year, and why the Education Department has targeted Princeton for discussing institutional racism. In Part 2, Jonathan Alger, president of James Madison University, joins the discussion to talk about promoting civic democracy and engagement on campus and how JMU is approaching the 2020 election in light of the pandemic and the extreme partisanship that has gripped the country.

Episode 28: Dreamers and Immigration Policy: Past, Present, Future

​​​​​​​dotEDU returns for a second season with Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and ACE’s newest co-host, Mushtaq Gunja. They discuss the state of higher ed policymaking, or the lack of it, as legislators gear up for the election. Later, Sarah and Jon are joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist, Jose Antonio Vargas to discuss the prospects of DACA in the United States, immigration policy in general, and what colleges and universities can do to help these students who are living in limbo.

Episode 27: dotEDU Turns One!

As colleges settle into their reopening plans and Congress takes a break from negotiating a relief bill, dotEDU hosts Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and Jon Turk look back on the first year of the podcast and talk about their favorite episodes. They also look ahead to what will happen in a post-COVID higher ed world.

Episode 26: More COVID Funding From Congress; Supporting Students' Return to Campus

Hosts Jon Turk and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the next round of COVID funding coming out of Congress and what that might mean for higher ed and its students. Also, they talk with Lamar Hylton about his experience as the newly appointed vice president for student affairs at Kent State University and how his institution is preparing for a very unique and challenging fall semester.​

All Episodes

 Season Two

Episode 30: What Higher Ed Needs to Know About the New Supreme Court
Episode 30: What Higher Ed Needs to Know About the New Supreme Court
Phi Beta Kappa CEO Fred Lawrence joins the hosts to explore how Amy Coney Barrett’s inevitable confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice will affect colleges and universities on issues such as diversity in admissions policies and immigration.
Episode 29: Preparing for the 2020 Election on Campus
Episode 29: Preparing for the 2020 Election on Campus
Jonathan Alger, president of James Madison University, talks about promoting civic democracy and engagement on campus and how JMU is approaching the 2020 election in light of the pandemic and the extreme partisanship that has gripped the country.
Episode 28: Dreamers and Immigration Policy: Past, Present, Future
Episode 28: Dreamers and Immigration Policy: Past, Present, Future
Listen to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist, Jose Antonio Vargas talk about the prospects of DACA, immigration policy in general, and what colleges and universities can do to help.

 Season One

Episode 27: dotEDU Turns One!
Episode 27: dotEDU Turns One!
As colleges settle into their reopening plans and Congress takes a break from negotiating a relief bill, the dotEDU hosts look back on the first year of the podcast and talk about their favorite episodes.
Episode 26: More COVID Funding From Congress; Supporting Students' Return to Campus
Episode 26: More COVID Funding From Congress; Supporting Students' Return to Campus
Hosts Jon Turk and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the next round of COVID funding coming out of Congress, and then talk with Lamar Hylton about how Kent State is preparing for a very unique and challenging fall semester.
Episode 25: “Horrifying” Guidance on International Students; All About the Title IX Final Rule
Episode 25: “Horrifying” Guidance on International Students; All About the Title IX Final Rule
Hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer talk to Anne Meehan and Holland & Knight Senior Counsel Jeff Nolan to talk about the Department of Education’s new rule on Title IX and how colleges must handle sexual assault and sexual harassment complaints beginni
Episode 24: Supreme Court Protects DACA, LGBTQ Workers; Prioritizing DEI During COVID-19
Episode 24: Supreme Court Protects DACA, LGBTQ Workers; Prioritizing DEI During COVID-19
Hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa discuss the recent Supreme Court decisions on DACA and LGBTQ workers, and are joined by Lori White, incoming president of DePauw University, to talk about the fall semester.
Episode 23: How Campuses Can Encourage Racial Healing; the Future of Blockchain in Education
Episode 23: How Campuses Can Encourage Racial Healing; the Future of Blockchain in Education
Hosts Lorelle Espinosa and Jon Fansmith discuss the murder of George Floyd and how colleges and universities can encourage racial healing. Also, the Department of Education's Sharon Leu and Louis Soares talk about blockchain and higher ed.
Episode 22: Thinking Through an Uncertain Fall
Episode 22: Thinking Through an Uncertain Fall
ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle joins co-hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer to discuss what higher education institutions need to support reopening this fall and how Congress can help.
Episode 21: Making Scientific Research More Nimble
Episode 21: Making Scientific Research More Nimble
Hosts Lorelle Espinosa and Jon Turk discuss higher eduction's response to COVID-19 and sustainability on college campuses with Lisa Graumlich of the University of Washington.
dotEDU Episode 20: Can We Promise College for All?
dotEDU Episode 20: Can We Promise College for All?
Hosts Jon Turk and Sarah Spreitzer talk with College Promise CEO Martha Kanter about the future of college promise programs nationwide, particularly in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education.
dotEDU Episode 19: A College at the Crossroads of COVID-19 and DACA
dotEDU Episode 19: A College at the Crossroads of COVID-19 and DACA
Carrie Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College, talks with co-hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa about how her institution has responded to the pandemic and how its unique, interest-free income share agreement for DACA students has adapted.
dotEDU Episode 18: Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19
dotEDU Episode 18: Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19
Recording from various remote workplaces around the DC area, the dotEDU team comes together to discuss the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education.
dotEDU Episode 17: Access, Affordability, and the Future of Independent Colleges
dotEDU Episode 17: Access, Affordability, and the Future of Independent Colleges
The common narrative surrounding independent colleges and universities is that they are either elite ivy institutions or small colleges on the brink of closure. NAICU President Barbara Mistick dispels this black and white view in the latest episode of do
dotEDU Episode 16: Preventing Sexual Harassment in Academia
dotEDU Episode 16: Preventing Sexual Harassment in Academia
Frazier Benya, senior program officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine talks with Lorelle Espinosa and Sarah Spreitzer about how institutions can go beyond legal solutions to tackle the problem.
dotEDU Episode 15: College Admissions Under the Microscope
dotEDU Episode 15: College Admissions Under the Microscope
NACAC CEO Joyce Smith talks about the many changes the field has undergone in the past three decades and what can be done to reshape it for the future.
dotEDU Episode 14: Community Colleges Bring Dreams Within Reach
dotEDU Episode 14: Community Colleges Bring Dreams Within Reach
Former President of Montgomery County Community College Karen Stout, now president and CEO of Achieving the Dream​, talks with hosts Jon Fansmith and Jonathan Turk about the challenges faced by the new generation of community colleges.
dotEDU Episode 13: Organizing a Campus Based on Equity and Social Justice
dotEDU Episode 13: Organizing a Campus Based on Equity and Social Justice
Julie Posselt, associate professor of education at the University of Southern California, talks about her new book, Higher Education Administration for Social Justice and Equity, and how to carry out basic administrative operations with a clear commitment
dotEDU Episode 12: Giving All Learners a Chance
dotEDU Episode 12: Giving All Learners a Chance
Former Secretary of Education John B. King, now president and CEO of The Education Trust, talks about his passion for giving all learners, particularly those in poverty and prisons, access to higher education.
dotEDU Episode 11: Meeting Students Where They Are on Mental Health
dotEDU Episode 11: Meeting Students Where They Are on Mental Health
​Nance Roy, chief clinical officer at the Jed Foundation, and Jan Collins-Eaglin, associate dean of students for wellness and personal success at Pomona College and an advisor at the Steve Fund, talk about effective strategies to help at-risk students.
dotEDU Episode 10: Talking Free Speech on Campus
dotEDU Episode 10: Talking Free Speech on Campus
Hosts Lorelle Espinosa and Jon Fansmith speak with civil discourse and campus speech experts Lara Schwartz and Michelle Deutchman on the latest episode of dotEDU.
dotEDU Episode 09: Student Success Is Institutional Success
dotEDU Episode 09: Student Success Is Institutional Success
Co-hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa talk with ACE President Ted Mitchell about how higher education is re-imagining student success and the need for institutions to adapt to the changing face of their student bodies.
dotEDU Episode 08: Setting Up Student Veterans for Success
dotEDU Episode 08: Setting Up Student Veterans for Success
Jared Lyon, president and CEO of Student Veterans of America, joins hosts Sarah Spreitzer and Jon Turk to talk about why student veterans are considered the “tip of the spear” for the upcoming wave of post-traditional students.
dotEDU Episode 07: Asian American Students in Higher Ed . . . It’s Complicated
dotEDU Episode 07: Asian American Students in Higher Ed . . . It’s Complicated
A week after a district court judge rejected claims that Harvard intentionally discriminates against Asian Americans, Julie J. Park talks with hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa about what the decision means for diversity in higher education.
dotEDU Episode 06: Big Data Goes to College
dotEDU Episode 06: Big Data Goes to College
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lindsay Wayt, director of analytics for NACUBO, discusses how colleges and universities are using analytics to achieve the essential goals of a 21st century campus.
dotEDU Episode 05: Beyond the Admissions Letter: Helping Disadvantaged Students Succeed in College
dotEDU Episode 05: Beyond the Admissions Letter: Helping Disadvantaged Students Succeed in College
Listen to the latest episode of ACE's dotEDU podcast featuring a conversation with Anthony Jack, Harvard professor and author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students.
dotEDU Episode 04: The Current Climate for International Students in the United States
dotEDU Episode 04: The Current Climate for International Students in the United States
Back from a trip to China, ACE's Brad Farnsworth talks about trends in international student enrollment, student visa delays, global partnerships, and if Trump administration policies and rhetoric are affecting international higher education.
dotEDU Episode 03: HSIs Are Narrowing Racial Gaps for Latinx Students
dotEDU 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, how do Hispanic-serving Institution (HSIs) fit into the equation, and how is the current political climate affecting them?
dotEDU Episode 02: Lifting Up Men of Color in Higher Ed
dotEDU Episode 02: Lifting Up Men of Color in Higher Ed
African American and Latino men face myriad barriers to college completion, a complex problem that institutions, educators, and policymakers are trying to address. But finding ways to apply research to practice requires a community-wide effort.
dotEDU Episode 01: Closing the College Success Gap for Low-income Students
dotEDU Episode 01: Closing the College Success Gap for Low-income Students
More low-income students are going to college than ever before. But even as the attendance gap between rich and poor shrinks, the gap in the number of graduates has grown. How can we close the first gap and begin addressing the second?
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