21 episodes

Interviewing thought-leaders and experts in both higher education and intercollegiate athletics

Higher Ed Athletics Travis Smith

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Interviewing thought-leaders and experts in both higher education and intercollegiate athletics

    Book Interview - Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & The Making of The College Admissions Scandal

    Book Interview - Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & The Making of The College Admissions Scandal

    Melissa Korn is a higher education Wall Street Journal reporter who has co-authored a new book covering the Varsity Blues Scandal. That book, Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit, & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal, is available July 21, 2020 and can be pre-ordered/purchased through Penguin Random House: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/622985/unacceptable-by-melissa-korn-and-jennifer-levitz/

    Smith and Korn walk through the entire scandal to not only tell the story that reads like a crime novel, but it's important to share how the scheme actually unfolded so administrators can take preventative measures against future attempts at fraud and don't become complacent since this story has quietly left the conversation once the pandemic upended higher education and athletics.

    Follow Melissa's coverage of Varsity Blues and everything else higher education on Twitter @melissakorn.

    • 37 min
    Talking Higher Ed & Athletics w/ Central Florida Deputy AD Dr. Eric Wood

    Talking Higher Ed & Athletics w/ Central Florida Deputy AD Dr. Eric Wood

    A few months ago Dr. Eric Wood, UCF Deputy Athletic Director, joined the Higher Ed Athletics podcast. In this episode Smith and Wood discuss pursuing advanced degrees and how they can be helpful for current and future athletic directors based on challenges facing the industry. Deciding to pursue a doctoral degree was an intentional decision for Wood to demonstrate commitment to keeping higher education at the forefront of intercollegiate athletics. As both a practitioner and academic, Wood discusses the communication challenges between researchers and administrators within college athletics. This conversation will have the audience ready to look up the list of advanced degrees offered at their own institutions as they look to be a leader in a post-COVID and post-NIL intercollegiate athletics landscape.

    • 20 min
    Here Come The Thunderbirds w/ Southern Utah President Scott Wyatt - Part 2

    Here Come The Thunderbirds w/ Southern Utah President Scott Wyatt - Part 2

    This is the second part of my conversation with both President Scott Wyatt and Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Steve Meredith of Southern Utah University.

    President Wyatt and Dr. Meredith are also co-hosts of their own podcast, Solutions for Higher Education, and the two share their story as to why they started the podcast and how it helps the president communicate with the SUU community stakeholders.

    Next we dive deeper into athletic topics such as presidential communication because of the NCAA/Big Sky Conference governance structures. President Wyatt opens up about the inside conversation and decision process for canceling the Big Sky men's basketball tournament and spring sports, as well as how the conference must be flexible with its scheduling this fall to accommodate a conference that represents 8 different states.

    • 25 min
    Here Come The Thunderbirds w/ Southern Utah President Scott Wyatt - Part 1

    Here Come The Thunderbirds w/ Southern Utah President Scott Wyatt - Part 1

    This is the first part of my conversation with both President Scott Wyatt and Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Steve Meredith of Southern Utah University.

    In this episode we talk about the biggest challenges ahead in the 2020's for higher education because of COVID-19. Listeners will also hear what goes into a strategic decision such as deciding on the budget or how to return to campus safely amidst a pandemic. President Wyatt and Dr. Meredith are also co-hosts of their own podcast, Solutions for Higher Education, and the two share their story as to why they started the podcast and how it helps the president communicate with the SUU community stakeholders.

    • 24 min
    N&B COVID - 19 Connecting The Dots Between Higher Education And Athletics

    N&B COVID - 19 Connecting The Dots Between Higher Education And Athletics

    I was a guest on News & Brews, a weekly show hosted by Katie Davis and Ken Kurdziel of the collegiate athletics services division of James Moore and Company.

    The conversation was wide-ranging talking about how higher education, specifically their athletic departments, will likely respond to COVID-19. Most of my comments refer to NCAA institutions at the division II & III levels, as well as what we would consider public regional institutions or mid-majors.

    I also talk briefly about my plans for Higher Ed Athletics that you might find helpful if you plan on following HEA Insider. Included in that is my soon-to-be-released research on athlete enrollment at smaller institutions and how these colleges, mostly small private institutions, rely heavily on athletes to keep the doors open.

    Learn more about their Collegiate Athletics CPA division here: https://www.jmco.com/industries/collegiate-athletics/?ref=HEA
    Check out their other News & Brews episodes here: https://www.jmco.com/news-and-brews/?ref=HEA
    Subscribe to their YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaUrNy8ffHyFF5E-jErrxgQ

    • 38 min
    RMU's Chris Howard: The College President That Was a Standout College Football Player

    RMU's Chris Howard: The College President That Was a Standout College Football Player

    This episode originally aired on Athletic Director U.

    Travis Smith is joined by Robert Morris University President Dr. Chris Howard on the Higher Ed Athletics podcast. Smith and Dr. Howard discuss presidential oversight in the NCAA governance model and Dr. Howard shares his thoughts on how cash in the system has led us to the Name, Image and Likeness moment. As his term is now complete, Dr. Howard talks about the perspective a university president can provide to the College Football Playoff selection committee while also being honest about the limitations of options with so few Division I presidents having football experience. Howard ends the conversation with advice for both university presidents and athletic directors so that each can better understand one another’s role in American higher education.

    • 23 min

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