A podcast dedicated to the past, present, and future of the higher education industry. Featuring in-depth conversations with some of our nation’s higher education leaders.
Episode #24 | A Conversation with Dr. Mariana Amatullo, Parsons School of Design
The pandemic presented many barriers to higher education. But it also catalyzed demand for more accessible education.
In the latest episode of our MindMaxing Podcast series, “Adolescence to Adulthood,” Lee Maxey speaks with Dr. Mariana Amatullo, Vice Provost for Global Executive Education and Online Strategic Initiatives at Parsons School of Design at The New School (https://execed.newschool.edu/).
The pandemic forced many educators to experiment with remote learning for the first time, and while that was challenging, it also sparked innovation. Now, there’s a continued desire for education that is more accessible, especially for learners with complex lives.
Dr. Amatullo shares, “We’re seeing an appetite for the flexibility of learning on their own terms and their own time that a hybrid model allows.”
Episode #23 | A Conversation with Mike Flanagan of Mastery Transcript Consortium
What skills do graduates need to be able to go out into the world?
While some education leaders focus solely on getting students to graduate high school, Mike Flanagan, CEO of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, is focused on creating educational pathways that empower graduates even after they’ve collected their diplomas.
In the latest episode of our MindMaxing Podcast series, “Adolescence to Adulthood,” Mike discusses how education—from curriculum to assessment to college admissions—is evolving to prepare young people to survive and thrive in a skills-based world.
He notes that educators must adapt to teach an essential mix of 21st-century skills, including resilience, the ability to iterate, and how to fail forward.
The exciting news is that most educators are up for the challenge.
Mike shares, “School has to be different. We have to change how we teach, what we teach, and most importantly, how we assess kids. And what is interesting is that innovation is there. There are literally tens of thousands of school leaders and teachers who are really interested in rethinking all these things.”
Episode #22 | A Conversation with George Irvine, University of Delaware
As Associate Vice Provost for the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Delaware, George Irvine, PhD, is keenly aware that students today ask themselves, "Why do I need to go to college?"
Traditional pathways to higher education are expensive and time-consuming, and even employers are beginning to question the value of a four-year degree.
In the latest episode of our MindMaxing Podcast series, "Adolescence to Adulthood," Dr. Irvine notes that a more affordable and flexible education model is needed. The pandemic provided a catalyst for change.
According to Dr. Irvine, university leaders are starting to discuss "alternative credentials, stackable badges, digital badges, certificates, and the like. All this nomenclature is basically saying, 'You don't need a four-year period of time. You can make [higher education] shorter, accessible, stackable, and digital.'"
Episode #21 | A Conversation with Anthony Carnevale of Georgetown University
As Research Professor and Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Dr. Anthony Carnevale knows the journey adolescents take to adulthood has changed drastically over the last 40 years.
Decades ago, a high school education was enough to help a young adult land a job with a living wage. Today, college—if not a secondary degree—is a requirement.
In a new episode of our MindMaxing podcast series, “Adolescence to Adulthood,” Dr. Carnevale outlines the political, economic, and social shifts that have made obtaining a college education a necessity—and a challenge—for many students, especially those from lower-income families.
He warns, “We’re getting better and better at education and connecting it to labor markets, but it’s being done for the most advantaged kids.”
Listen to this fascinating and insightful episode.
Episode #20 | A Conversation with Rick Dalton of CFES Brilliant Pathways
Rick Dalton, CEO and President of CFES Brilliant Pathways, is committed to helping students overcome obstacles, access educational opportunities, and achieve success in their lives.
While today’s higher education landscape is complex and changing rapidly, Rick notes that students can still take control of their academic destinies.
In the second episode of our MindMaxing podcast series, Adolescence to Adulthood, Rick outlines three crucial steps for ambitious students. His advice is clear: “Get a mentor, think about developing essential skills, and think also about pathways and what it’s going to take to move down your pathway.”
Episode #19 | A Conversation with Andy Chan, Wake Forest University
Andy Chan, VP of Innovation and Career Development at Wake Forest University, knows that being a student in 2022 is a uniquely complicated experience. There are more educational and professional options than ever before. There's also immense societal and cultural pressure to pick the perfect path and flawlessly transition from high school to college to a career.
In episode 19 of MindMaxing—the first in the podcast’s second season—Andy urges students to consider education not as a means to an end but as a way to foster the desire to learn and grow over one's lifetime. He says the advice educators, mentors, and parents should give students "is not 'follow your passions'—it's 'follow your interests to discover your passions.'"