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.
The Future of Student Loan Forgiveness
The hosts talk about the pressing items members of Congress need to wrap up before the end of the year, including a deal on a bill to fund the government. They then dive into a lively discussion with Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), about student loan forgiveness and other topics important to borrowers.
End of Year Countdown: What’s on the Congressional Agenda for Students and Colleges
In this live conversation, hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the status of the Build Back Better Act—the budget reconciliation bill that enacts a large chunk of the Biden administration’s domestic agenda—legislation dealing with competition with China, a House hearing on the education sector’s use of COVID-19 emergency relief funds, and more as Congress pushes toward the end of the year with a lengthy to-do list.
Higher Ed Waits for Congress to Act, ACE Takes Pulse of College Presidents
With the House heading toward a vote on the Biden administration’s domestic spending plan, the hosts talk about what is in the bill for higher education—and what has been left out. They also speak with Morgan Taylor about ACE’s latest Pulse Point survey, where college presidents identified their most pressing concerns: enrollment, campus mitigation strategies for COVID-19, supporting individuals affected by the crisis in Afghanistan, and addressing student mental health.
Capitol Hill Fall Showdown: Will Higher Ed Get Left Behind?
As Congress attempts to finish the budget reconciliation bill, a number of provisions in the social spending measure are in danger of being cut. Terry Hartle and Jon Fansmith look at what we know so far, as well as the future of Public Service Loan Forgiveness and the president's order mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for federal contractors. Sarah Spreitzer kicks the episode off with a chat about lifting the COVID-19 travel ban, which should ease travel to the U.S. for international students and scholars.
The Legacy of Underfunding Colleges That Serve Black Students
Adam Harris, author of The State Must Provide and staff writer for The Atlantic, discusses the state and federal funding mechanisms that continue to support a separate and unequal system of higher education in the United States. First, the hosts open the show with a look at the gridlock in Congress over the budget reconciliation bill--which contains a number of provisions for college students and institutions--the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and raising the debt ceiling.
What’s Going on With Budget Reconciliation, and Why Should Higher Ed Care?
The fate of two new spending plans—the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the separate $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill designed to advance the Biden administration’s other priorities—remains uncertain as we open the new season of dotEDU. ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle and host Sarah Spreitzer unpack where Congress stands on reconciliation and what it means for students and institutions, and then discuss efforts to enhance research security and how to help Afghan students and scholars.
Sarah and Jon do 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!
Jon kept interrupting Sarah when she speaks.