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The Innovating Together Podcast

Welcome to innovating together, a podcast produced by the University Innovation Alliance. This is a podcast for busy people in higher education who are looking for the “aha moments” that can propel their work forward. Innovating Together curates the best insights, research, and experts.

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Kim Wilcox, Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. When he spoke with us last year, he'd just reopened U.C.R. for fall quarter amidst severe budget cuts and a surging pandemic. This time, he shares his wisdom about the impact of alliances in higher education, the ideals and realities of collegiate athletics, and yet another surge in the COVID pandemic. Topics include:

  • A review of the UIA's noteworthy outcomes
  • The value of institutional alliances in higher education
  • How the U.C. system has approached the pandemic's challenges
  • Rethinking the status and practices of collegiate athletics
  • Leadership advice received and given
  • Four book recommendations

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Tim Renick, Executive Director of the National Institute for Student Success at Georgia State University. This is a newly created institution in the emerging field of student success, and Dr. Renick shares his wisdom about what the term "student success" means from an administrative standpoint, using data to determine and implement best practices, and why he might be the most qualified person to lead the way. Topics include:

  • Identifying and overcoming the institutionally created barriers that students face
  • The pandemic as a test of support systems
  • Patience with incremental results
  • The moral imperative for student success
  • The value of fostering future allies

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As UMBC joins the ranks of UIA membership, Dr. Hrabowski shares his wisdom about the best practices of collaboration among universities, addressing disparities at all levels of the campus, and the power of humility. Topics include:

  • The benefits of comparing how other higher ed institutions problem solve and innovate
  • UMBC's Meyerhoff Scholarship program and Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett
  • The value of serving at and understanding an institution before leading it
  • A positive approach, a focus on substance, and the broad lessons of literature
  • Keeping hope alive

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