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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

Episode 37: A Conversation With Congressman Bobby Scott

2/25/2021
Hosts Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and Mushtaq Gunja talk with House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) about the recent past, present, and future of higher education legislation under his committee’s purview, including COVID-19 relief funding, doubling the maximum Pell Grant and “second chance” Pell for incarcerated individuals, student loan debt forgiveness, and more. Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show: Congress Lifts Long-Standing...

Duration:00:51:30

Episode 36: What Colleges Can Expect From Miguel Cardona's Education Department

2/12/2021
ACE President Ted Mitchell joins Jon, Sarah, and Mushtaq to talk about his impressions of incoming Secretary of Education Miguel A. Cardona and about his own experience working in the Education Department. The hosts kick off the episode talking about legislation making way through the new Congress, including a COVID relief bill, the DREAM Act, and recent staffing announcements at the Department of Education. **Tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @ACEducation or...

Duration:00:44:41

Episode 35: A New Era for Higher Ed Under Biden Administration

1/28/2021
The hosts take the full episode to discuss how President Biden’s actions in his first week in office will impact higher ed as well as how a slim majority for Democrats in the House and the Senate could impact legislation moving forward. **Tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @ACEducation or podcast@acenet.edu. EPISODE NOTES Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show: McConnell Relents On Senate Filibuster Stalemate NPR | Jan. 26, 2021 Here are the executive...

Duration:00:35:59

Episode 34: Responding to Last Week's Attack on the Capitol; International Student Policy in the Biden Administration

1/14/2021
The hosts talk about the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, both what it meant to them as residents of Washington DC and the implications for American democracy. Later they are joined by Jill Allen Murray, deputy executive director of public policy for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, to discuss current policy climate for international students in the United States and what the higher education community would like the Biden administration to prioritize in this area. Here...

Duration:00:43:57

Episode 33: Mental Health on Campus as 2020 Winds Down

12/11/2020
With an epic year winding down and colleges transitioning to a much-needed holiday break, hosts Jon Fansmith, Mushtaq Gunja, and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the last minute flurry of activity in Washington, DC, as the transition to a President Biden administration begins. Later, Mushtaq and Sarah talk with cognitive scientist and Barnard College President Sian Beilock about how she is using her own research as a psychologist to talk about the need for new ways to improve mental health and...

Duration:00:44:17

Episode 32: What Higher Education Can Expect From the Biden Administration

11/13/2020
The Biden-Harris platform unveiled during the 2020 presidential campaign suggests that higher education will be a primary focus of the new administration. ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle joins the hosts to talk about what we can expect to see come January, including attempts to double Pell Grants and make public college free for middle-income families and roll back a range of Trump-era regulations and orders such as Title IX and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. They also...

Duration:00:37:08

Episode 31: Debates, Flies, and Political Engagement at the University of Utah

10/29/2020
Co-hosts Jon Fansmith, Mushtaq Gunja, and Sarah Spreitzer talk about higher education policy developments in the week before the election, including how work on the COVID-19 relief bill has ground to a halt and the Trump administration’s effort to curb international student visas. Later they are joined by Jason Perry of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, who talks about hosting the vice presidential debate earlier this month, getting students involved in the debate...

Duration:00:41:42

Episode 30: What Higher Ed Needs to Know About the New Supreme Court

10/15/2020
Just three weeks before the presidential election, hosts Jon Fansmith, Mushtaq Gunja, and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the surprising early voter turnout, higher ed’s response to the Trump administration’s executive order restricting diversity training and federal grants, and the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Yale for its consideration of race in admissions. Later they are joined by Phi Beta Kappa CEO Fred Lawrence to explore how Amy Coney Barrett’s inevitable confirmation as the next...

Duration:00:42:49

Episode 29: Preparing for the 2020 Election on Campus

10/1/2020
Co-hosts Jon Fansmith and Mushtaq Gunja discuss the new COVID-19 relief bill from House Democrats, keeping the government funded through the end of the year, and why the Education Department has targeted Princeton for discussing institutional racism. In Part 2, Jonathan Alger, president of James Madison University, joins the discussion to talk about promoting civic democracy and engagement on campus and how JMU is approaching the 2020 election in light of the pandemic and the extreme...

Duration:00:42:54

Episode 28: Dreamers and Immigration Policy: Past, Present, Future

9/17/2020
dotEDU returns for a second season with Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and ACE’s newest co-host, Mushtaq Gunja. They discuss the state of higher ed policymaking, or the lack of it, as legislators gear up for the election. Later, Sarah and Jon are joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist, Jose Antonio Vargas to discuss the prospects of DACA in the U.S., immigration policy in general, and what colleges and universities can do to help these...

Duration:00:47:52

Episode 27: dotEDU Turns One!

8/12/2020
As colleges settle into their reopening plans and Congress takes a break from negotiating a relief bill, dotEDU hosts Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and Jon Turk look back on the first year of the podcast and talk about their favorite episodes. They also look ahead to what will happen in a post-COVID higher ed world. dotEDU is taking a break until September! In the meantime, please go ahead and subscribe to a short podcast series from ACE focused exclusively on reopening college campuses...

Duration:00:22:50

Episode 26: More COVID Funding From Congress; Supporting Students' Return to Campus

7/27/2020
Hosts Jon Turk and Sarah Spreitzer discuss the next round of COVID funding coming out of Congress and what that might mean for higher ed and its students. Also, (6:50) they talk with Lamar Hylton about his experience as the newly appointed vice president for student affairs at Kent State University and how his institution is preparing for a very unique and challenging fall semester. EPISODE NOTES Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show: From the...

Duration:00:34:33

Episode 25: “Horrifying” Guidance on International Students; All About the Title IX Final Rule

7/13/2020
Hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer have a lively discussion about the recently issued ICE directive that bans international students from remaining in the United States if their colleges adopt an online-only instruction model for the fall, and speculate on what this means for institutions moving forward. Later, their colleague Anne Meehan and Holland & Knight Senior Counsel Jeff Nolan join them to talk about the Department of Education’s new rule on Title IX and how colleges must handle...

Duration:00:39:56

Episode 24: Supreme Court Protects DACA, LGBTQ Workers; Prioritizing DEI During COVID-19

6/29/2020
Hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa discuss two recent Supreme Court decisions: one that protects individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and another that protects the civil rights of LGBTQ workers, both of which will impact colleges and universities and students. They are later joined by Lori White, incoming president of DePauw University, who talks about taking on a new job during the pandemic; the need to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion this...

Duration:00:32:33

Episode 23: How Campuses Can Encourage Racial Healing; The Future of Blockchain in Education

6/15/2020
Hosts Lorelle Espinosa and Jon Fansmith discuss the response to the murder of George Floyd while exploring how colleges and universities can encourage racial healing. Also, Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Education Sharon Leu and ACE’s Chief Learning and Innovation Officer Louis Soares talk about the potential applications of blockchain in higher education and about ACE’s federally funded Education Blockchain Initiative. EPISODE NOTES Here are some of the links and references...

Duration:00:43:34

Episode 22: Thinking Through an Uncertain Fall

6/1/2020
As we enter the unofficial start of summer, all eyes are on if and when colleges and universities will welcome students back to campus this fall. President Terry Hartle joins co-hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer to discuss what higher education institutions need to support reopening and how Congress can help. EPISODE NOTES House Approves 5th Emergency Covid-19 Spending Bill With $100 Billion for Education ACEnet.edu College and University Presidents Respond to Covid-19: May 2020...

Duration:00:38:06

Episode 21: Making Scientific Research More Nimble

5/18/2020
What lessons can scientists and the public learn from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Hosts Lorelle Espinosa and Jon Turk discuss that and sustainability on college campuses with Lisa Graumlich, dean of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. Also, Lorelle and Jon explore ACE’s response to the Education Department’s recent release of new Title IX regulations and what it could mean for higher education. EPISODE NOTES Here are some of the links and references...

Duration:00:34:54

Episode 20: Can We Promise College for All?

5/4/2020
More states are considering broad-based college aid programs, an idea that was sparked some 75 years ago with the GI Bill. Hosts Jon Turk and Sarah Spreitzer talk with College Promise CEO Martha Kanter about the future of college promise programs nationwide, particularly in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education. EPISODE NOTES Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show: COVID-19 Policy Developments ACEnet.edu ACE Launches COVID-19 Pulse...

Duration:00:38:43

Episode 19: A College at the Crossroads of COVID-19 and DACA

4/20/2020
COVID-19 has effected colleges and universities in myriad ways, and we’re just beginning to understand the changes for students and institutions coming down the road. Students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status have particular needs during this time. Carrie Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College, talks with co-hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa about how her institution has responded to the pandemic and how its unique, interest-free income share agreement...

Duration:00:36:00

Episode 18: Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19

4/7/2020
Recording from various remote workplaces around the DC area, the dotEDU team comes together to discuss the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education. Hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer focus on the federal stimulus relief, including why ACE and its members think the relief provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is not enough. Later they are joined by ACE colleagues Robin Helms and Brad Farnsworth to find out how colleges and...

Duration:00:44:35