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​​​​​​​​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.

​​​​​​​​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.

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​​​​​​​​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.

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English

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2029399365


Episodes

Higher Ed Policy Predictions for the Fall

9/29/2022
Jon Fansmith and Terry Hartle are back to give their predictions for what Congress will dive into this fall before it adjourns ahead of midterm elections. On the table are a continuing resolution to fund the government through the end of the year and NDAA legislation. They also talk about how the administration is getting ready for the rollout of its massive student loan forgiveness plan, despite the continuing threat of legal challenges. Tweet suggestions, links, and questions to...

Duration:00:47:03

Breaking Down Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

9/15/2022
The big announcement that the Biden administration is canceling $10,000 in student loan debt for millions of borrowers—and $20,000 for even more—and extending the pause on payments is the main topic of discussion for the kickoff of dotEDU’s fourth season. Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, helps break down what this means for borrowers, institutions, parents, and the higher ed community as a whole. Tweet suggestions, links,...

Duration:00:48:25

How Colleges Can Avoid the Dreaded Data Dump

7/28/2022
Colleges have plenty of data but what does that data mean when it comes to improving completion rates, access, and equity? Mamie Voight, president and CEO of the Institution for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), joins the podcast and talks with Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer about IHEP’s work on Capitol Hill in support of students, including through the College Transparency Act, and offers suggestions for colleges looking to avoid the dreaded “data dump.” Before that, Jon and Sarah discuss...

Duration:00:40:44

The New Proposed Title IX Regulations are Here. Now What?

7/14/2022
Aired July 13, 2022 Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer update listeners on recent policy developments as Congress heads toward the August recess, then ACE’s Anne Meehan and Peter McDonough talk about what the newly proposed Title IX regulations mean for college campuses and the effort to address and prevent sex-based discrimination. **Tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @ACEducation or podcast@acenet.edu. Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show: Pre...

Duration:00:48:53

Breaking the Grip of the College Rankings Game

6/30/2022
Colin Diver, author of Breaking Ranks: How the Rankings Industry Rules Higher Education and What to Do About It, visits the podcast to talk about how U.S. News & World Report and other rankings force colleges into standardized hierarchies and threaten the institutional diversity and social mobility that is the hallmark of American higher education. The hosts open the episode with a brief conversation on how the overturning of Roe v. Wade might impact higher ed and the new proposed rules for...

Duration:00:41:57

Midterm Elections Loom Over Higher Ed

6/16/2022
A number of important pieces of legislation for higher education are stalled in Congress as the midterm elections draw nearer. Issues like student loan forgiveness, immigration, and on the state level—academic freedom and critical race theory. How will higher ed be impacted as the summer closes in? Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer talk about all this and more in a live recorded episode. **Tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @ACEducation or podcast@acenet.edu. EPISODE NOTES Here...

Duration:00:50:16

Do Americans Value Higher Education?

6/2/2022
With the midterm elections looming and the debate over who benefits from student loan forgiveness heating up, what are voters thinking about the value of a college education in 2022? Kristen Soltis Anderson, pollster and author of The Selfie Vote, joins the podcast to talk about the American public's perception of higher education. Does the noise in the media reflect what people—especially millennials and Gen Z—really think? Is there a split between what people view as good for their own...

Duration:00:40:42

The Policy and Politics of Student Loan Forgiveness

5/19/2022
Almost everyone has an opinion about student loan forgiveness. But it's often more complicated than many think. There are seven federal student loan programs and 16 repayment options. Which programs might be included in the Biden administration's loan forgiveness plan, if it happens? When might it happen? With potentially 45 million borrowers involved, will the administration make a tradeoff between ease of implementation and the ability to target it? And with the midterms just six months...

Duration:00:43:46

Federal Dollars, Creative Leaders Help Two-Year Colleges Post-COVID

5/5/2022
Community Colleges saw steep declines in enrollment during the pandemic. But creative leaders like President Bill Pink of Grand Rapids Community College are trying to reverse the trend. As he prepares to take on a new role as president at Ferris State University, he talks about how he used millions in federal and state dollars and other initiatives to invest in helping students continue their postsecondary journey and encourage access to college. Jon, Sarah, and Mushtaq also discuss the buzz...

Duration:00:40:37

The Higher Ed Agenda as Congress Returns From Spring Break

4/21/2022
Congress comes back to DC next week to a full agenda and an attention span increasingly absorbed by the midterm elections. What’s in store for higher education? Listen to Jon Fansmith and Terry Hartle discuss federal funding, the upcoming Title IX rule—which could break new ground on transgender students—the student loan repayment pause, and possible legislation to aid student mental health. Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show: President’s Budget for FY 2023...

Duration:00:33:13

dotEDU Brief: Student Loan Repayment on Pause (Again); Is Double Pell in the Cards?

4/7/2022
Guest host Stephanie Giesecke from NAICU joins the podcast to talk about the Biden budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the prospects for increasing funding for Pell Grants. Also on the table: the latest pause on student loan repayments and the Senate’s new COVID-19 relief bill, which could be bad news for higher education. Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show: Fox Caught on Capitol Grounds and Euthanized Tests Positive for Rabies The Washington Post | April...

Duration:00:30:31

Congress Springs Forward and Passes Spending Bill; New Regulations Coming

3/24/2022
ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle joins host Sarah Spreitzer to discuss Congress’s last-minute push to pass the FY 2022 omnibus spending package and what it means for higher education. Also on the agenda—which proposals Department of Education negotiators reached consensus on in the latest negotiated rulemaking session. Plus, they talk about higher ed’s priorities for innovation and competition legislation, how the United States is supporting Ukrainian students, and the resumption of...

Duration:00:44:43

Baylor President on the Changing World of College Athletics

3/17/2022
With the thrill of March Madness in full swing, the dotEDU hosts are focusing their policy talk on all things sports. Linda Livingstone, president of basketball powerhouse Baylor University, joins the podcast to break down how the NCAA is working to change with the times, its recent shift on issues such as name, image and likeness (NIL), and how the recently adopted NCAA constitution will affect student-athletes moving forward. Jon, Sarah, and Mushtaq also discuss how institutions are...

Duration:00:42:07

Title IX, DACA, Gainful Employment: New Rules Coming for Higher Ed

2/24/2022
Host Sarah Spreitzer and ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle discuss the myriad regulations waiting to be finalized at the Education Department and other federal agencies. They also look at where Congress is on legislation targeting competitiveness with China—and what that means for colleges and universities—funding bills for the fiscal year that’s already well underway, and the complicated prospects for getting anything done in Washington on the eve of the Russian invasion of...

Duration:00:46:42

Reimagining College Admissions Through an Equity Lens

2/10/2022
A number of reforms have been put on the table in recent years to make the college admissions process more equitable. But is focusing on one or two areas—say, test-optional admissions—enough to dramatically transform the process? Angel Pérez, CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and Terri Taylor of Lumina Foundation visit the podcast to talk about how broad-based, systemic change and a deep examination of how the barriers arose is the only path to true change. The...

Duration:00:49:12

Higher Ed in 2022: Unfinished Business and Election Year Politics

1/27/2022
ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle joins hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer of the ACE government relations team to discuss what Congress still needs to finish from 2021 (is Build Back Better really dead?) and look ahead to how the 2022 midterms could impact higher education policy. They also briefly consider what’s at stake in the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the diversity in admissions cases involving Harvard and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Duration:00:41:39

Debates on Critical Race Theory, Academic Freedom Are Not Going Away

1/14/2022
The dotEDU hosts discuss how Congress is trying to clean up the mess it left behind before the holiday break on a number of bills that could affect higher education in 2022, including the Build Back Better Act, which could impact the maximum Pell Grant, other federal spending bills, and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act. Then Michelle Deutchman, executive director of the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement returns to the podcast to talk about a...

Duration:00:42:46

2021 in Higher Education Policy (A Good Year, Not a Great One)

12/16/2021
Hosts Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and Mushtaq Gunja talk about the restart of student loan repayments on Feb. 1, and how that pandemic-relief policy is related to the Biden administration’s broader pledge to cancel $10,000 in student debt. Jon is then joined by ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle, who reviews the higher education policy successes and failures of 2021, and what we can expect from Congress and the administration in 2022. The ‘Charlie Brown Christmas Special’ Dancers You...

Duration:00:46:39

The Future of Student Loan Forgiveness

12/2/2021
Hosts Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and Mushtaq Gunja talk about the pressing items members of Congress need to wrap up before the end of the year, including a deal on a bill to fund the government. They then dive into a lively discussion with Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), about student loan forgiveness and other topics important to borrowers. EPISODE NOTES Here are some of the links and references from this...

Duration:00:45:32

End of Year Countdown: What’s on the Congressional Agenda for Students and Colleges

11/19/2021
In this live conversation, hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the status of the Build Back Better Act—the budget reconciliation bill that enacts a large chunk of the Biden administration’s domestic agenda—legislation dealing with competition with China, a House hearing on the education sector’s use of COVID-19 emergency relief funds, and more as Congress pushes toward the end of the year with a lengthy to-do list. EPISODE NOTES Here are some of the links and references from...

Duration:00:45:30