Culture & Innovation

191: Plymouth State President Donald Birx Faces Transformation Head-on in Clusters

Plymouth State University is making a dramatic shift, moving from a traditional university structure to a cluster-based model, which will give students a new combination of education and engaged scholarship necessary to compete successfully in an increasingly complex and demanding world. 

182: Finding Your Calling — Part 1

What does it mean to have a calling? How do you know you’re living a life of contribution? As a leader in higher education, are you living up to the mission of your institution? Howard and Pete get to share some rare face-to-face time in this conversation coming to you from a shady porch at The Chautauqua Institution in New York.

179: The Teacher as Learner — Finding the Future of Teaching in Meat with Berkeley Prof. Ricardo San Martin

This week on Navigating Change, Berkeley Professor Ricardo San Martin joins us in a conversation about teaching. What does transformational teaching look like and what does it mean to present that teacher as learner. How can we empower students to explore with each and build a sense of their own ownership in the learning process?

178: Gates Foundation’s Daniel Greenstein on Equity, Sustainability, and the Road to Opportunity

Dr. Daniel Greenstein serves as director of Education, Postsecondary Success in the United States Program, for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In our conversation this week, Dr. Greenstein takes us on a journey of student success, and presents powerful factors in sustainable financial success of our institutions. This is a conversation about innovation, disruption, and engaging in an effort to take on bold ideas in support of our own future as educators.

176: There’s No Silver Bullet for Financial Sustainability with University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman

This week on the show Howard Teibel sits down again with University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman. Today, President Lieberman shares insights into the planning process with background on the University’s 2020 plan, forecasting 30-year career demand, and driving toward sustainability while maintaining agility.

175: Fight the Drift to Day 2

“Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?”

That’s the first line of Jeff Bezos’ 2016 letter to shareholders, a question from staff at an all-hand meeting in which he describes a transformation that organizations can find themselves undertaking without careful and diligent attention. We start our conversation on the podcast today, pivoting off of Bezos’ response and his drive to maintain the agility of Day 1 inside Amazon, with a question of our own: Where is higher ed? Is higher ed in Day 1 or Day 2?

171: Looking to the Business Model for True Innovation

This week on the show, founder and principal of rpkGROUP, Rick Staisloff, joins Howard Teibel for a conversation on leadership from the outside in. As seasoned consultants to higher education, the two address how to affect the way leadership sees themselves, the contingencies forcing change. 

170: Next Gen Learners? Educators Must Adapt says Futurist Elliott Masie

“The biggest mistake we make is that we think the best subject matter experts will be the best teachers,” says our guest, Elliott Masie. He’s head of the Masie Center, a think tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge in the workforce and he leads the Learning Consortium of over 200 global organizations cooperating on the evolution of learning strategies. This is how our conversation begins today, but certainly not where it ends. 

 

169: Climbing the Arc of Change in Independent Schools with NBOA’s Jeff Shields

Friend of the show Jeff Shields is back to talk about building monumental change in independent schools as a preview of the 2017 NBOA Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. As President and CEO of NBOA, Jeff’s charter is to lift business officers beyond the baseline expectations of their roles and help them become change agents and true leaders in their schools. This week on the show, Jeff offers insight into one of the key learning opportunities to that end for independent school business officers, the NBOA Annual Meeting platform.

164: Stack Your Bench — Succession Planning in Higher Ed

Succession planning — the way most of us do it — doesn’t work. Face it: the last thing that today’s leaders want to do is plan their exit while they’re still 100% invested in doing today’s work. And that’s why this topic is so important: it is precisely because it is unpalatable that we hide from it, dodge it, look the other way.

161: Exploring Education as Fiction with Professor Brad Allenby

Listen to Brad Allenby on Navigating Change The Education Podcast

Professor Brad Allenby maps the changes in higher education to grand revolutions of European history, that of the Glorious British Revolution of 1688 or the French Revolution leading to the Reign of Terror. As a faculty member at Arizona State University, Dr. Allenby has seen first hand the pressure building in the classroom and beyond it. Schools are facing challenges to their economic models, just as faculty are facing pedagogical challenges in the classroom. This week on Navigating Change, Dr. Allenby joins us for a conversation on change, how we market education, and what it means for all of us to remain relevant over the next twenty years.

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159: Headlining Your Success to Inspire Others through Emotion, Curiosity, and Clarity

We make split second decisions based on the headlines we see every day. Will we read the next email that hits the inbox? Will we take the time to read the next project plan in the pile? The answer depends on the power — and the persuasiveness — of the headline.

157: Meet the dean of University of Colorado's first new college in 53 years

Listen to Lori Bergen on Navigating Change The Education Podcast

Dr. Lori Bergen is founding dean of the College of Media, Communication and Information at University of Colorado. A veteran journalist turned academic, she’s president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and serves on the national advisory board of the Poynter Institute. Prior to CU, she served as dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.

Dr. Bergen joins us this week to share the story of University of Colorado’s new college, one of program change, discontinuation, merger, and the challenges that come of progress at a time of concern in our field. CU’s CMCI is truly a story of innovation and growth in higher education and serves as a terrific role model. 

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154: Access, Affordability, and Appreciation for Alternative Education Pathways with the Chronicle’s Scott Carlson

Listen to Scott Carlson on Navigating Change The Education Podcast

Scott Carlson is an award winning senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he has been contributing to our field since 1999 across a range of issues: college management and finance, the cost and value of higher ed, planning, sustainability and so much more. 

Today, Scott joins us to talk about his feature, “Should Everyone Go to College,” published in the Chronicle of Higher Education May 1 which has sparked some valuable discussion challenging deeply held cultural beliefs around the value of the four-year degree, vocational education, and access to educational resources for all. 

Scott shares some of the surprising reactions to the piece from educators and administrators that might just pave the way for a change in how we think about education for the next generation.

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