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The Mortarboard

An Education, Business and Management podcast featuring Daniel Barwick
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The majority of college students now meet one or more of the characteristics of a nontraditional student, and yet the college experience is still built around the traditional student. Nicole Lynn Lewis of Generation Hope describes the specific
Jason Brennan is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Brennan explains why, in his view, higher education is system
Remedial college coursework has survived evidence of ineffectiveness, charges of racial inequity, and legislation that effectively abolishes it. Host Daniel Barwick interviews one of the country's leading experts on remediation, Dr. Katie Hern
"The End of Burnout" author Jonathan Malesic explains how the pandemic has worsened the habits students need to find success in school.
Literature professor Elisabeth Gruner and science professor Heather Miceli describe their practice of "ungrading," a feedback tool that has drawn attention and increasing support.
Researcher Komi Frey of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education explains why the last five years have seen a dramatic increase in attempts to censor and punish scholars for expressing their views.
Is tech-ed the future, or a dystopia? Host Daniel Barwick interviews "Ted-Ed's Cassandra" and Hack Education blogger Audrey Watters.
New York Times Opinion writer Peter Coy explains to host Daniel Barwick why congress gave elite colleges an anti-trust exemption, and the class-action lawsuit that has emerged as a result.
Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva, CEO of Complete College America, explains to Daniel Barwick how the organization is working to improve startlingly low college completion rates.
Kallie Clark of Temple University's Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice describes research that encourages students to use more of the tools for success that a college offers them.
UNC-Chapel Hill professor Molly Worthen explains to host Daniel Barwick that the resistance to tenure is really a battle over more fundamental forces in higher education.
Liz McMillen, longtime editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, explains how a substantial body of evidence suggests that female academics, who were already disproportionately burdened, have been hit especially hard by the pandemic.
Host Daniel Barwick interviews Inside Higher Ed's founder and editor Doug Lederman, who explains new data that shows the acceleration in college closings and why that's not always a bad thing.
Kevin Carey explains to host Daniel Barwick why some graduate degrees from prestigious universities are among the biggest scams in higher education.
Teresa Manning, Policy Director for the National Association of Scholars, argues that the qualified immunity that public college administrators enjoy when making decisions about student constitutional freedoms has resulted in a culture that lac
Host Daniel Barwick interviews authors Laura Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen, who argue that California has made decisions about UC that have impoverished campuses in a number of ways, limited access, and created segregation.
Inside Higher Ed and Chicago Times columnist and author John Warner explains why tenure is at best a sort of guild, and at worst is an illusion.
The 4th season of the Mortarboard begins with a bang...Dr. Daniel Barwick discusses the recent proposals for free community college, and examines a never-before-used threat to tenure at John Carroll University, in an interview with Inside Highe
Emma Whitford from Inside Higher Ed describes to host Daniel Barwick how specific states are approaching their higher ed funding for the upcoming year.
Join Higher Ed Dive's Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, as he explains how the pandemic and enrollment drops have accelerated college digital recruiting strategies.
According to Lumina Foundation, with enrollment dropping steadily and the majority of costs fixed, colleges and universities are currently spending $50B a year on space, services, and personnel they don't need, says Lumina CFO Brad Kelsheimer.
The Hechinger Report researcher Jon Marcus discusses the full extent of the transfer of public money to private contractors in American higher education.
Student services expert Eric Stoller explains that the way colleges serve students has changed quickly during the pandemic and why those changes are just the beginning.
UNC-Chapel Hill's history professor Jay Smith talks to host Daniel Barwick about how the university mismanaged its original COVID planning, and then mismanaged its responses to the resulting outbreaks.
Online education expert Joe Sallustio explains to host Daniel Barwick that the pandemic will only accelerate the demolition of the theoretical, psychological, and practical barriers to online education.
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