Connect, Collaborate, Champion!

NACU’s podcast — Connect, Collaborate, Champion! — wrestles with current and future challenges and opportunities in higher education while providing practical insight for campus leaders. Each episode will feature a unique perspective from higher ed insiders, private industry experts, and other voices to capture new ways of thinking about higher education.

If you have an idea for a podcast guest, please email Michelle Apuzzio.

Season 2 Episodes (most to least recent)

Ep. 10. What Do the Colleges of the Future Look Like? (May 17, 2022)

Author and associate professor David Staley leverages his strategic foresight to discuss alternative universities such microcolleges and an institute for advanced play, as outlined in his 2019 book. He talks about the approach he thinks leaders need to incorporate into strategic planning and how the pandemic caused higher ed to realize that ‘going online’ was not the innovation everyone predicted it to be, but what could be the future of higher ed given the proliferation of remote work.

Ep. 9. Why College is About More Than Getting a Job (April 26, 2022)

How do we balance personal freedom with responsibility to others? What is the shape of a meaningful life? Andrew Delbanco, president of The Teagle Foundation, talks about the importance of humanities in giving students the opportunity and skills to explore these questions and why that is essential for a democratic society.

Ep. 8. Supporting Civil Discourse and Purpose (March 29, 2022)

Michael Murray, president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (AVDF), talks about how the organization balances its commitment to its historical areas of focus while addressing new issues affecting society. Dr. Murray specifically talks about AVDF’s work to promote civil discourse on campuses, including what approaches are successful, and the cultivation of purpose as it pertains to education.

Ep. 7. Addressing Pivotal Issues in Higher Ed Today (Feb. 8, 2022)

NACU teams up again with David Finegold, president of Chatham University and creator of The Future of Higher Education podcast. In this episode, David speaks with legendary educational entrepreneur John Katzman, founder of the Princeton Review, 2U, and, most recently, Noodle. Katzman shares his perspective on three key issues in higher education: 1) strategies that small private and regional public institutions can use to thrive in the coming “birth dearth;” 2) ways to address college affordability and rethink pricing; and 3) a new non-profit start-up he is forming to disrupt the college admissions process.

Ep. 6. Honoring the Past While Educating for the Future (Dec. 7, 2021)

In the second of a two part series, Sean Creighton interviews David Finegold, president of Chatham University and creator of The Future of Higher Education podcast. David talks about how Chatham honors its past as a women’s college by maintaining structures and programs to advance women today. He also talks about Chatham’s new 400-acre campus that provides hands-on learning and modeling of sustainable approaches to energy, water and soil, food and agriculture, and air quality and climate.

Ep. 5. The Interviewer Becomes the Subject (Dec. 7, 2021)

In the first of a two part series, the tables are turned. Chatham University President David Finegold interviews NACU President Sean Creighton. What was Sean doing before he came to NACU? What is his connection to the late Ernest Boyer? And why are they called the New American Colleges & Universities anyway?

Ep. 4. Saving Green in the Green Mountain State (Nov. 15, 2021)

Three colleges in Vermont founded the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium to collaborate on economic and educational initiatives. Corinna Noelke, the consortium’s executive director, talks with us about how this has led to more than $20 million in savings by consolidating services and contracts in finance, human resources, and information technology.

Ep. 3. Radical Cooperation in Higher Education (Oct. 4, 2021)

Guest Michael Horowitz founded The Community Solution (TCS) Education System so that colleges could collaborate on non-student facing functions and, therefore, have more resources to focus on teaching and advising students. He talks about this ‘radical cooperation’ and the barriers and longstanding beliefs that make it so rare in higher education.

Ep. 2. Why Liberal Arts Matter for STEM Majors (Sept. 20, 2021)

Melinda Zook, history professor and director of Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts at Purdue University, initially set out to make sure that STEM majors were exposed to liberal arts courses. It resulted in a grant-funded program with a national reach. In this episode, she discusses the evolution of the program and its impact on undergraduate education.

Ep. 1. Succeeding at Digital Transformation (Aug. 17, 2021)

Mac McIntosh, VP for Information Services and CIO at the University of Richmond, talks about technology’s role in supporting new ways of teaching, learning, and working. He also covers threats in higher education, such as ransomware, and why collaborative conversations are so important.

View the Season 1 Episode Guide.