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.

The podcast also will foster a better understanding of an integrated liberal, professional, and civic education.

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

Season 2 Episodes (most to least recent)

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.