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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.

Scholarship to Practice 10/2/20

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Derrick Tillman-Kelly, Director of UIA's Fellows Program and Network Engagement, speak with Dr. Constance Iloh, Educational Anthropologist. As a researcher who explores educational inequities, institutional culture, and college access, she shares with us the Iloh Model of College-Going Decisions and Trajectories, an innovative lens for looking at how minority, disadvantaged, and nontraditional students find (or lose) their way in higher ed. Topics include:

  • How the culture and business of higher ed routinely deflect attention from inequitable conditions
  • The deep flaws of elitism and racism that are never addressed
  • How to reframe the college-going narrative
  • Information, time, and opportunity as factors of student decision-making
  • The importance of understanding each student as an individual

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed's Contributing Editor, speak with Dr. Mark Becker, President of Georgia State University. G.S.U. has seen tremendous growth and innovation during President Becker's tenure, and he shares his wisdom about how such a large institution with such a diverse student population is able to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic and the George Floyd protests. Topics include:

  • A pivotal moment in history for higher ed
  • President Becker's administrative background in emergency preparedness
  • G.S.U.'s commitment to educational equity
  • President Becker's vision of greater structural flexibility post-pandemic
  • How to avoid burnout
  • The power of the human spirit

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Jeff Selingo, author, columnist, and special advisor at Arizona State University, are inviting insight and experiences from presidents and chancellors of universities navigating the challenge in real-time. The tenth guest is Chancellor Harold L. Martin from North Carolina, Agricultural and Technical State University.

Advice For His Counterparts Across The Country

Harold Martin states that the members of the faculty, staff, and the students of the university are all expecting calmness and leadership. He said that he could hold up well because of his nature and personality. He shares that the problems we are facing now are a moving target, and we have to be smart and strategic when it comes to pushing through with the contingency plans you have set. Learn to pivot when making critical decisions.

Make sure to have open and frank discussions with the students and engage with them even through social media.

Experiences That Has Helped Him Now

Through his experiences, he has learned that taking on challenges head-on is always the most effective way. It is also essential, he says, to respect the opinions and emotions of faculty and staff. To solve complex issues, you have to have the courage to listen to other people's problems and queries.

How Is Higher Education Going To Change In The Long-run

Online programs are here to stay, he says. He sees that his university will continue to fill-in more online services for their students. There are a variety of lessons that could be done if we maximize what technology has to offer. It is best to give the students the right tools to help them adapt to this change.

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