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Nov 12, 2019

Co-hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa talk with ACE President Ted Mitchell about how higher education is re-imagining student success and the need for institutions to adapt to the changing face of their student bodies. Ted discusses ACE's recent Regional Summit in Kansas City and how higher education can reclaim the high ground and better serve our students through the college experience and beyond. Afterward, Jon and Lorelle talk about recent developments in Congress and the administration, including the House-passed College Affordability Act and a federal court ruling that found Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt of court for violating a recent order on forgiving student loans.


Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show.

Conversation with Ted Mitchell

​​​Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education

dotEDU Episode 06: Big Data Goes to College​

Arizona State University e-Advisor Program​

Dallas County Community College District Guided Pathways

Creating a Diverse Student Success Infrastructure: The Key to Catalyzing Cultural Change for Today’s Student​

ACE2020: ACE's 102nd Annual Meeting
March 14-16, 2020 | San Diego


ACE, Strada Launch Innovative Learner Success Initiative​

Post-interview chat on the College Affordability Act, Betsy DeVos​

House Committee Approves HEA Legislation, Future of Bill Uncertain​​ (includes bill summaries)

Preparing the Workforce in Today's Community Colleges: Issues and Implications for Higher Education Leaders​

Achieving Diversity at the Intersection of STEM Culture and Campus Climate​

DeVos Held In Contempt Of Court For Enforcing Loans On Defrauded College Students
NPR | Oct. 25, 2019

Appeals Court Nominee Shaped DeVos’s Illegal Loan Forgiveness Effort​
The New York Times (sub. req.) | Nov. 6, 2019


Each episode of dotEDU presents a deep dive into a major issue impacting college campuses and students across the country. Hosts from ACE are joined by guest experts to lead you through thought-provoking conversations on topics such as campus free speech, diversity in admissions, college costs and affordability, and more. Find all episodes of the podcast at the dotEDU page.

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Lorelle Espinosa is ACE’s vice president for research, where she is responsible for developing the association’s thought leadership and research agenda.

Jon Fansmith represents ACE and its members on issues related to the federal budget and appropriations process, with a particular focus on student aid.

Podcast production by the American Council on Education.