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.

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Recent Episodes

dotEDU Brief: Broadband Access, Free Community College, Support for Dreamers All on the Table

It’s summer but the Senate refuses to leave—and the House refuses to stay home—which means hosts Sarah and Jon are back on the podcast this week for another special dotEDU brief. They discuss the Senate’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package which includes support for expanding broadband access, before diving into the FY 2022 budget resolution and its provisions for free community college, a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and more for higher ed. They also give a primer on the budget reconciliation process and what role it will play when Congress returns this fall to turn the resolution into specific legislation.


dotEDU Brief: Congress Returns to Full Agenda, Groups Launch National Campaign to Double Pell Grants

The hosts give a brief preview of the rest of the summer session in Congress and their hopes for a smooth August break, and listeners will learn more about how they can take action through the #DoublePell campaign website. Stay tuned for the final episode of this season on how the new NCAA policy on name, image and likeness will effect smaller colleges and universities and sports other than football and basketball.

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 Season Two

Episode 46: Translating Support for International Students Into Policy
Episode 46: Translating Support for International Students Into Policy
David Winston of the Winston Group, lays out the data around public attitudes toward international students and how leaders can make the case for the positive contributions they make to the U.S. economy and on our campuses.
Episode 45: What COVID-19 Has Taught Higher Education Leaders
Episode 45: What COVID-19 Has Taught Higher Education Leaders
David Richardson, managing director of research for the TIAA Institute, and ACE’s Jon Turk review the year's worth of ACE's Pulse Point survey of presidents on COVID-19.
Episode 44: Where Is Congress on Student Voter Access and Public Service Loan Forgiveness?
Episode 44: Where Is Congress on Student Voter Access and Public Service Loan Forgiveness?
Hosts Jon Fansmith and Mushtaq Gunja talk with Rep. John Sarbanes about the For the People Act, a comprehensive election reform bill that could have an impact on how colleges register voters, and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
Episode 43: COVID-19 Relief Dollars at Work: East Carolina University and the Greenville Community
Episode 43: COVID-19 Relief Dollars at Work: East Carolina University and the Greenville Community
Philip Rogers, chancellor of East Carolina University, talks about how ECU has used federal pandemic relief to help students and the university at large, along with the surrounding community of Greenville.
Episode 42: A Safe Campus for All This Fall? What College Leaders Need to Know
Episode 42: A Safe Campus for All This Fall? What College Leaders Need to Know
ACE Vice President and General Counsel Peter McDonough visits the podcast to talk about what college leaders should know about vaccine requirements and the legal issues associated with making campuses safe when students return in the fall.
Episode 41: Is College a Risky Investment? An Economist Weighs In
Episode 41: Is College a Risky Investment? An Economist Weighs In
The hosts are joined by Beth Akers, an economist and resident scholar at AEI, to discuss the debate over the cost of college and what policymakers, students, and parents should consider when it comes to investing in postsecondary education.
Episode 40: (College) Credit Where Credit is Due
Episode 40: (College) Credit Where Credit is Due
An ACE Task Force of higher education leaders released a report last month offering recommendations on reimagining policies on transfer of credit. Task Force members Anne Holton and Anne Kress visit the podcast to talk about their work.
Episode 39: A Conversation With NASPA’s SA: Voices From the Field Podcast
Episode 39: A Conversation With NASPA’s SA: Voices From the Field Podcast
Jon and Sarah are joined for a special crossover episode by Jill Creighton to talk about how COVID-19 has affected student life, the impact Title IX regulations are having on campuses and the future of those regulations, and other issues.
Episode 38: What's Next for Federal Student Aid?
Episode 38: What's Next for Federal Student Aid?
Julie Peller, executive director of Higher Learning Advocates, visits the podcast to talk about the financial aid policies and programs that might be proposed by Congress in the coming months.
Episode 37: A Conversation With Congressman Bobby Scott
Episode 37: A Conversation With Congressman Bobby Scott
Hosts Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and Mushtaq Gunja talk with House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) about the recent past, present, and future of higher education legislation under his committee’s purview.
Episode 36: What Colleges Can Expect From Miguel Cardona's Education Department
Episode 36: What Colleges Can Expect From Miguel Cardona's Education Department
ACE President Ted Mitchell joins Jon, Sarah, and Mushtaq to talk about his impressions of incoming Secretary of Education Miguel A. Cardona and about his own experience working in the Education Department.
Episode 35: A New Era for Higher Ed Under the Biden Administration
Episode 35: A New Era for Higher Ed Under the Biden Administration
The hosts take the full episode to discuss how President Biden’s actions in his first week in office will impact higher ed as well as how a slim majority for Democrats in the House and the Senate could impact legislation moving forward.
Episode 34: Responding to Last Week's Attack on the Capitol; International Student Policy in the Biden Administration
Episode 34: Responding to Last Week's Attack on the Capitol; International Student Policy in the Biden Administration
Jill Allen Murray, deputy executive director for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, discusses the current policy climate for international students in the United States and what the higher ed community would like the Biden administration.
Episode 33: Mental Health on Campus as 2020 Winds Down
Episode 33: Mental Health on Campus as 2020 Winds Down
Cognitive scientist and Barnard College President Sian Beilock discusses how she is using her own research as a psychologist to talk about the need for new ways to improve mental health and well-being on campus.
Episode 32: What Higher Education Can Expect From the Biden Administration
Episode 32: What Higher Education Can Expect From the Biden Administration
​​​​​​​The Biden-Harris platform unveiled during the 2020 presidential campaign suggests that higher education will be a primary focus of the new administration. ACE's Terry Hartle joins the hosts to talk about what we can expect come January.
Episode 31: Debates, Flies, and Political Engagement at the University of Utah
Episode 31: Debates, Flies, and Political Engagement at the University of Utah
Jason Perry of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics talks about hosting the vice presidential debate, getting students involved in the debate process, and promoting student engagement during the pandemic.
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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