Higher Ed Happy Hour
By New America
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In the Higher Ed Happy Hour, three well-known Washington, DC-based journalists and policy wonks -- Kevin Carey of New America, Andrew Kelly of the American Enterprise Institute, and Libby Nelson of Vox.com -- discuss the latest happenings in higher education policy, research, and popular culture. There are special guests, wonky digressions, and excursions into the shocking and absurd.
||CleanReunion and Summer Roundup||Libby and Kevin return from a three-month hiatus to discuss DeVos, Trump, gainful employment, adjunct professorship, and Game of Thrones.||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCampus Free Speech and the continuing adventures of Betsy DeVos||Kevin, Libby, and special guest Steve Teles dig into if, when, or how it's okay to stop someone from speaking on a college campus. Plus: Is The Americans getting stale?!||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTressie McMillan Cottom's "Lower Ed"||Special guest Tressie McMillan Cottom joins the podcast to discuss her new book: "Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy."||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe DeVos confirmation and the biggest dataset of all time||Kevin and Libby talk through the contentious Betsy DeVos confirmation hearings and geek out on the new research from Raj Chetty and colleagues.||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Next Secretary of Education, Happy Holidays||Kevin and Libby talk about what Betsy DeVos means for higher education, more IBR controversy, holiday-season cocktails, and Rogue One.||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrumpocalypse, Week One||Kevin and Libby talk about the election, what it means for higher education, and what the heck is wrong with the Big Ten.||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinal pre-election podcast and Income-Based Repayment deep dive||Trump is unavoidable and income-based loan repayment deep dive||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBack from Summer Break: The election, FAFSA reform, college football||Kevin and Libby welcome Jesse O'Connell as our first guest host / drinks-master to dive deep into FAFSA reform and prior-prior year. Also, presidential election developments and pretending Northeastern's football season didn't start until last week.||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGone to Carolina in His Mind and Also in Real Life Soon, plus ACICS v NACIQI||Andrew says goodbye to the podcast, we drown our sorrows in wine, then debate defense to repayment and the upcoming NACIQI vote to de-certify ACICS.||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump's Higher Education Plan Because Good God I Guess We Have to Do This Now||Kevin, Libby, and Andrew pray for sunshine and drink beer while they break down the good, bad, and ugly of the Trump higher education agenda.||5/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial All College Sports Edition||Are intercollegiate athletics a moral garbage fire headed for an apocalypse of greed, money, and shame? Or not quite that bad? Kevin, Libby, and Andrew debate.||4/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Rise and Fall of PoliSci plus This Changes Everything, Pt. II||Kevin and Libby dissect the Season 4 of The Americans, we continue debating how or if to blow up the federal financial aid system, and Andrew and Libby discuss Trump and the brief ascendency of Political Science.||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis Changes Everything||Kevin and Andrew debate New America's radical proposal to upend federal higher education policy as we know it, with Libby as mixologist / referee.||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTenure Troubles||Kevin, Libby, and Andrew debate the spate of recent campus tenure controversies, plus Jeb Bush's innovative little-discussed higher education agenda.||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2015 Year In Review||Description: Kevin, Libby, and Andrew debate the best and worst of 2015, including affirmative action, free speech, ratings, and Love, Actually||12/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial "The Kids These Days" Edition||Kevin, Libby, and Andrew devote the podcast to ongoing controversies over campus racism, free speech, and alleged political correctness, with a side conversation on why "Love, Actually" is terrible.||11/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSanders v. Clinton and the Obama Scorecard||Andrew and Kevin debate the merits of the Democratic higher education platforms as well as the Obama Administration's trove of new "College Scorecard" data.||10/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Trump and the new No Child Left Behind mean for higher education||Libby, Andrew, and Kevin debate what a potential K12 bargain in Congress augers for the Higher Education Act, Kevin and Andrew foolishly debate the meaning of Trump.||7/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFederal ratings: Dead. Sweetbriar: Alive. Affirmative action: Dying?||Kevin, Andrew, and Libby autopsy the Obama administration's doomed college ratings plan.||7/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAcademic Fraud and Title IX Eating Its Own Tail||Andrew, Libby, and Kevin debate the larger meaning of the LaCour academic fraud case and discuss the Laura Kipnis imbroglio at Libby'a alma mater.||6/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sudden Yet Long-Expected Death of Corinthian College, Plus Polling||Andrew, Libby and Kevin pick apart the Corinthian College bankruptcy, new polls about what people who didn't graduate from college think about higher education, and continued disagreement about MOOCs.||5/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBankrupt Colleges, Terrible Fraternities, and Early April Madness||Kevin, Libby and Andrew unpack the Department of Education's long-delayed list of financially troubled institutions and debate whether college administrators are finally taking a hard line with perpetually awful Greek organizations.||4/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe End of College(s)||Libby and Andrew ask Kevin tough questions about his new book, The End of College. Also: the demise of Sweet Briar College and what the Academy Awards say about higher education.||3/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCampus Sexual Assault and Obama's 529 Capitulation||Libby, Andrew and Kevin drink high-class bourbon and debate why President Obama bungled 529 reform as well as the thorny question of what colleges should do about sexual assault.||2/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTax Credit Bonanza||Dive into the merits of President Obama's higher education tax credit agenda, veer into the great student loan repayment debate, and finish with a discussion of why everyone hates Bill Belichik and whether DeflateGate should really be known as Ballghazi||1/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFree Community College??!!!||In the inaugural episode, we discuss President Obama's free community college plan, the recent college football national championship game, whether federal college ratings are a good or terrible idea, and the upcoming season premiere of The Americans.||1/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Great content but...
The topics are relevant, the knowledge of Kevin, Libby, and Andrew is first class, and I greatly appreciate the varied positions each takes. However, there is one pet peeve that the podcasters strike upon and it is the overuse of the word “like.” I hate to criticize because my colleagues and I enjoy the podcast (and drinks) but please be mindful of how often the word “like” is used.
The podcast I have been searching for!
I have been looking for a podcast like this one for years. As someone interested in higher education and education technology, I read a lot of books on the topic (e.g. End of College, College Unbound, Higher Education in America), but I struggled to keep current without sinking far too much time into Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. This podcast does a great job covering relevant topics from a variety of viewpoints. I love the conversation and leave each episode feeling more informed about current issues. I like the podcast so much that I binge-listened to the full backlog of 16 episodes in the first week. My only request: Release episodes more frequently!
Entertaining and informative
This show has a light atmosphere and covers a wide variety of higher ed topics. Highly recommended to anyone in the field of higher education.
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