Higher Ed Now is a production of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. It is a podcast concerning issues and policy in America's higher education system.
Wade Eyerly: Ensuring That Students Get What They Paid For
For most students, a college education is one of the biggest investments they’ll ever make in their lifetime. What if colleges and universities could basically take the risk out of that monumental investment by insuring future income for graduates? ACTA's Armand Alacbay explores this model with Wade Eyerly, the co-founder and CEO of Degree Insurance, which guarantees a student’s earnings in the five years after receiving a college degree.
Margarita Mooney: The Enduring Value of Liberal Arts Education
Margarita Mooney, Associate Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and founder and executive director of Scala Foundation, explores the value and vitality of liberal arts learning in conversation with ACTA's Nathaniel Urban and President Michael Poliakoff.
The Transformative Power of Braver Angels College Debates
Braver Angels has teamed with ACTA to launch civil debates for students across the nation. College leaders applaud the program's depolarizing, transformative effects on students as they learn to engage respectfully around divisive social and political issues. Program leader Doug Sprei unpacks the magic with college instructors David Dagan of The George Washington University; Mark Urista of Linn-Benton Community College; Manu Meel of BridgeUSA, and April Lawson, Director of Public Discourse at Braver Angels
Michael Moritz and OSU: A Cautionary Tale for College Donors
Emily Koons Jae, who leads ACTA’s Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR) initiative, has been keeping close tabs on the controversy around a $30 million gift to Ohio State University by the late Michael Moritz. In this episode, Emily explores this provocative story with Mr. Moritz’s wife, Lou Ann Ransom, and his son, Jeffrey Moritz.
Baylor Panel Highlights "Civic Engagement for All"
On Constitution Day, ACTA co-sponsored Civic Engagement for All – a virtual event with the Office of Engaged Learning at Baylor University. Moderated by Professor David Corey, the director of Baylor in Washington, a panel of prominent Baylor alumni and senior leaders discussed how students can envision a more robust approach to civic engagement, and why doing so is essential to the health of our communities and our country. Higher Ed Now is pleased to share excerpts of the panel discussion.
Jeremy Wayne Tate: Unpacking the Classical Learning Test
Jeremy Wayne Tate founded Classic Learning Initiatives in 2015 to provide high school students with alternative standardized tests that are rooted in tradition as well as modern technologies. Drawing on great works across a variety of disciplines, the Classical Learning Test (CLT) provides an accurate and rigorous measure of reasoning, aptitude, and academic formation for students from diverse educational backgrounds. Mr. Tate explores the underpinnings of the CLT with ACTA's president, Michael Poliakoff.