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.
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 DOJ’s lawsuit against Yale. 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.
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, John 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 extreme partisanship.
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.
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.
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.
“Horrifying” Guidance on International Students; All About the Title IX Final Rule
Hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the ICE directive banning international students from remaining in the United States if their colleges adopt an online-only instruction model for and speculate on what this means for institutions moving forward. Later, their colleague Anne Meehan and Holland & Knight Senior Counsel Jeff Nolan join them to talk about the Department of Education’s new rule on Title IX and how colleges must handle sexual assault and sexual harassment complaints beginning Aug. 14