An Educated Guest, a podcast that brings together great minds in higher ed to delve deeper into the innovations and trends guiding the future of education, hosted by the President of Wiley Education Services, Todd Zipper.
Improving Mental Health in Higher Ed with guest Michael London, CEO of Uwill
Todd Zipper, President of Wiley Education Services, welcomes Michael London, CEO of Uwill, a technology-based platform that connects students with experienced mental health professionals.
Todd and Michael discuss Uwill’s mission and how higher ed can continue to expand its mental health access for students in need.
• How Uwill compliments campus-based resources to provide increased access to students requiring more flexibility
• The need for universities to understand and address the high percentage of students who are struggling and not seeking help
• The importance of providing mental health support as a central service
Michael London is the CEO of Uwill and has over 20 years of experience in EdTech. In 2013, Michael founded Examity, the world leader in learning validation and online proctoring. Over a five-year period, the company grew to more than 1,000 employees and $30 million in revenue. Previously, he was the founding CEO for Bloomberg Institute, funded by Mayor Bloomberg and Bloomberg Ventures. Their flagship solution was offered in more than 500 universities and 45 countries.
Michael is a current Trustee at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and The Rivers School, as well as a Member of the Advisory Board at Babson College, where he graduated with honors. He received his MBA from Boston University.
Post-Pandemic Online Learning: A New Digital Revolution with Bob Ubell, Vice Dean Emeritus of Online Learning at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering & Senior Advisor to Stevens Institute of Technology
Todd Zipper, President of Wiley Education Services, welcomes Bob Ubell, Vice Dean Emeritus of Online Learning at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering & Senior Advisor to Stevens Institute of Technology. Todd and Bob discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on online learning and the future of digital education.
• The shift in attitude, from pre-pandemic to now, on the efficiency of online learning
• How online, digital education will be crucial for universities long-term
• How online learning is shifting from a faculty-centered learning model to an active learning model
• The need for university leadership to devote the same energy to online programs as their on-campus programs
Bob Ubell is Vice Dean Emeritus of Online Learning at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering and Senior Advisor to Stevens Institute of Technology. Considered an expert of digital education, he consults for universities and edtech companies including Coursera, NYU, and The New School and his online programs have enrolled more than 30,000 students. For almost a decade, he headed Tandon Online, ranked #2 by US News & World Report of the nation’s Computer Information Technology online graduate programs.
Bob has also taken his expertise overseas. In China, he headed three online master’s programs and was a member of the board of the Lianyungang Universal Vehicle Manufacturing Company. In London, he served as American Publisher of Nature, the prominent science weekly, and launched the journal, Nature Biotechnology.
Bob has contributed nearly 90 articles to scholarly and general periodicals, is a columnist for EdSurge, a contributor for Inside Higher Ed, and is the author or editor of 20 books. His most recent book, Staying Online: How to Navigate Digital Higher Education, was released in September 2021.
Affordable, Flexible, Outcome-based: A New Approach to Student Loans with Tess Michaels, Founder and CEO of Stride Funding
Todd Zipper, President of Wiley Education Services, welcomes Tess Michaels, Founder and CEO of Stride Funding. As student debt rises, borrowers are looking for other ways to fund their higher education. Todd and Tess discuss the details of outcome-based funding options and what it means for borrowers.
• The benefits of outcome-based funding options and how they rely on future cash flows and the ability to repay once employed
• How Stride is offering more than funding options; including academic, career, and mental health support to drive retention and positive outcomes for students
• Why the cost and value of education requires alignment across learners, education providers, employers, and finance providers
Tess Michaels is the Founder and CEO of Stride Funding, an alternate way to pay for higher education through outcome-based funding options such as income-share agreements and deferred tuition. Stride Funding provides flexibility for student borrowers by offering personalized rates, a simple application, and shorter repayment plans.
Prior to Stride Funding, Tess worked at Vista Equity Partners as a Private Equity Associate and at Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banking Analyst. In 2020, she was included on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for education. Tess received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management at The Wharton School, and an MBA at Harvard Business School.
Redefining the University Experience with Ben Nelson, Founder and CEO of Minerva University
Todd Zipper, President of Wiley Education Services, welcomes Ben Nelson, Founder and CEO of the Minerva Project and Minerva University. Todd and Ben discuss how Minerva is evolving higher ed and preparing students for a fulfilling, lifelong career. By offering challenging curriculum, global experiences, and top-notch career development, Minerva’s goal is to inform better leaders, smarter innovators, and more informed global citizens.
• Why Minerva University is a reformer, not a disrupter
• How to leverage social and experiential learning to provide the best outcomes for students
• How courses and curriculum can build off each other to deeply engage learners
• The importance of teaching transferable and practical knowledge
• The future of learning and artificial intelligence
• Why higher ed needs to focus more on education and engagement, not certification
Ben Nelson is the Founder and CEO of the Minerva Project and Minerva University. Driven by his passion to reinvent higher ed, Ben founded Minerva in 2011 with the goal of preparing exceptional learners.
Before Minerva, Ben spent over 10 years at Snapfish, where he helped build the company from a startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service. He served as CEO at Snapfish from 2005 to 2010 and led the company’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300 million. Prior to Snapfish, he was President and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for American communities.
Ben received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He became the chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education, a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at the University of Pennsylvania.
Solving for the Top Challenges Facing Higher Ed with Ted Mitchell, President of the American Council on Education
Todd Zipper, President of Wiley Education Services, welcomes Ted Mitchell, President of the American Council on Education (ACE). Todd and Ted discuss what ACE is currently working on and how are they helping colleges and universities through innovation. Plus, Ted shares his thoughts on how higher education will evolve under the Biden administration.
• What to expect from the Biden Administration regarding affordability and accountability
• How the pandemic negatively impacted enrollment rates for adult learners
• The current student loan debt crisis and potential solutions to solve it
• The effect digital credentialing will have on higher ed
• How institutions can leverage investments from the big MOOC and platform players to bring down costs and drive better outcomes for students
Ted Mitchell is the President of ACE, the coordinating body for higher education institutions in the United States. ACE’s work encompasses policy advocacy, program development, and research focusing on equity, access, and student achievement.
Ted’s leadership of ACE, and of the nation’s higher education sector, is informed by a lifetime of work in higher education as a Professor, Dean, College President, Trustee, and most recently as U.S. Under Secretary of Education in the Obama administration. Previously, he served as the President of the California State Board of Education and CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy investing in K–12 innovation to support low-income students, schools, and communities.
Ted received his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Christine, and their two children.
Disrupting the Culinary Model: Taking Vocational Education Online with Tracy Lorenz, CEO and President of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
Todd Zipper, President of Wiley Education Services, welcomes Tracy Lorenz, CEO & President of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. Todd and Tracy discuss the benefits of online culinary and pastry arts classes. The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts is the only accredited institution in the United States to offer fully online diploma and degree programs with hands-on industry externships.
• How Auguste Escoffier disrupted the culinary model and proved that effective vocational education can be delivered online
• Ways to create a 1:1 learning environment online, which is often cited by students as a reason for selecting the program at Auguste Escoffier
• The current demand for chefs and the desire for credentials in the restaurant industry
• How to take advantage of the scale of online education to provide affordable training
Tracy Lorenz has more than 20 years of leadership experience in higher ed, including both online and campus-based operations. Currently, Tracy leads her team as the CEO and President of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts to provide fully online, accredited culinary and pastry programs for adults.
Prior to joining Auguste Escoffier, Tracy served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Western International University, where she later stepped into the role of President. Tracy has held a variety of key executive roles at Career Education Corporation where she led operations, strategy and development, as well as investor relations and corporate communications. Previously, she held positions at McDonald’s International and KPMG in finance and accounting. Tracy passed the Illinois CPA exam and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Master’s of Strategic Management Degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Todd does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!
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