Conference Series

Upcoming Audio Conferences

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Students and the "Digital Shoreline": On Wednesday, November 16, at 1 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed will present an audio conference on how technological and demographic forces are pressuring colleges to change. Roger McHaney, author of The New Digital Shoreline: How Web 2.0 and Millennials Are Revolutionizing Higher Education, will review the specific changes in technology that have the greatest impact on college education today, as well as the impact for colleges of enrolling students who are more tech-savvy than ever before.

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Selling Liberal Education to Students and Parents, Rick Davis, associate provost for undergraduate education at George Mason University, discusses the common misconceptions parents and students have about general education, the dangers of leaving these questions and doubts unanswered or unchallenged, and how to answer – or defuse -- the “will it help me/my son or daughter get a job?” questions.

Using Net Price Calculators to Talk to Students, Peter S. Bryant, an expert on recruitment and enrollment issues, presents an overview of net price calculators and offer advice on how colleges can best use them to inform students and families, and to attract applicants. Presented August 26, 2011.

Learning from Failures, Kay M. McClenney, director of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement covers kinds of questions to ask about courses with high failure rates and the kinds of policy changes and practices that some colleges have adopted based on the answers. Presented July 29, 2011.

Retirement Incentives and Higher Ed, with Valerie Martin Conley, an Ohio University faculty member who is a leading expert in the field. Presented June 22, 2011.

Assuring a Safe Environment for Gay Students, with Warren Blumenfeld, an education professor at Iowa State University who is a national expert on these issues. Presented May 25, 2011.

Study Abroad Safety and Liability, with Ann Franke, president of Wise Results, LLC. Presented April 21, 2011.

The Liberal Arts Online, with Rebecca Davis of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. Presented March 17, 2011.

Responding to Academically Adrift: What Colleges Can Do, with Richard Arum, one of the authors of the book. Presented February 18, 2011.

Engaging Educators in Meaningful Assessment, with Peggy Maki, a leading national consultant on assessment. Presented January 20, 2011.

Evaluating Employees to Retain Talent, with Lynell James of TIAA-CREF. Presented November 17, 2010.

More Options for Women in Science, with Kerry K. Karukstis, a professor of chemistry at Harvey Mudd College and an organizer of a recent summit meeting of senior women professors in chemistry and physics from PUIs. Presented September 28, 2010.

Social Media Trends and Challenges, with two consultants to colleges who helped lead a national survey for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education on colleges’ use of social media. Presented August 25, 2010.

Latino Students and the College Completion Agenda, with Sarita E. Brown, president of Excelencia in Education and one of the leading national experts on Latino students and higher education. Presented July 27, 2010.

Helping Your Faculty Land More Grants, with Mary W. Walters, author of "Write an Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars" (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). Presented June 16, 2010.

The New Emergency Requirements, with Robert Ross and Daniel Sullivan -- experts on working with and training colleges and other personnel to plan, conduct, and evaluate prevention, response, and recovery exercises. Presented May 18, 2010.

Beyond Discipline: a New Model for Managing Student Conduct, with Peter F. Lake, author of "Beyond Discipline - Managing the Modern Higher Education Environment". Presented April 22, 2010.

Measuring Learning, Using the Results, with Richard Shavelson, author of "Measuring College Learning Responsibly: Accountability in a New Era" (Stanford University Press). Presented March 31, 2010.

Preparing for the Post-Course Era, with Randall Bass, a national expert on rethinking the way students learn. Presented February 16, 2010.

When Students Threaten Professors, with Ann H. Franke, who consults with colleges nationally on issues of risk management. Presented January 19, 2010.

Understanding FERPA Today, with Clifford A. Ramirez, author of the new book, "FERPA Clear and Simple: The College Professional’s Guide to Compliance" (Jossey-Bass); registrar at Claremont Graduate University; and president of Cliff Ramirez & Associates, which provides FERPA training and consulting. Presented November 17, 2009.

How Undergraduate Institutions Can Diversify the Graduate Student Body, with Richard Cherwitz, founder and director of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE) in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Presented October 21, 2009.

Mental Health Promotion in Stressful Times, with Henry Chung, M.D. -- Principal Investigator of the National College Depression Partnership and a leading national expert on how entire campuses (not just counseling centers) can engage students on their mental health and help students find the help they need. Presented September 17, 2009.

The Threat of H1N1 Outbreaks: What Your Campus Needs to Know, with Anita Barkin, director of student health services at Carnegie Mellon University and chair of the American College Health Association Coalition for Emerging Public Health Risks and Emergency Response Planning. Presented August 20, 2009.

Making 2-Year to 4-Year Transfer Work, with Bonita Jacobs, a leading national expert on the transfer process. Presented July 27, 2009.

Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research, with Mary K. Boyd, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego, and Jodi L. Wesemann, assistant director for higher education at the American Chemical Society. Presented June 24, 2009.

What Next? Encouraging Faculty and Staff After You've Made Cuts, with Kathy Hagedorn, a leading consultant to colleges on HR issues. Presented May 21, 2009.

Managing Through the Mess: Mistakes Colleges Make in Economic Downturns and How to Avoid Them, with Kent Chabotar, a college president and expert on finance and management in higher education. Presented April 27, 2009.

Generational Shockwaves: Today’s Students and Economic Uncertainty, with Kenneth Redd, director of research and policy analysis for the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Presented March 24, 2009.

Expanding the Science Teacher Pipeline, with Jennifer B. Presley, director of science and mathematics education policy at the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and Monica Plisch, assistant director of education for the American Physical Society. Presented February 18, 2009.

What’s Next on Accountability and Assessment, with Terry Rhodes and Debra Humphreys, two experts from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Presented January 15, 2009.

Strategies for Junior Faculty Job Satisfaction, with Cathy Trower, COACHE research director and co-principal investigator, and Kiernan Mathews, COACHE director. Presented December 15, 2008.

Benchmarks for ‘Family Friendly’ Policies: Why They Matter and How to Create Them, with Kate Quinn, project director for Balance@UW. Presented November 18, 2008.

Trends and Concerns on Faculty Retirement Policies, with Valerie Martin Conley, a national expert on faculty retirement issues. Presented October 22, 2008.

Liberal Education for Everyone — Transforming Professional and Liberal Arts Programs, with Carol Geary Schneider, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Presented September 11, 2008.

How To Diversify Study Abroad, with panelists Gary Rhodes, director of the Center for Global Education; Holly Hexter, coordinator of international initiatives for the Council for Opportunity in Education; and Starlett Craig, director of the Office of Academic Excellence, of the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education at Clemson University. Presented August 26, 2008.

Merit Pay — Why It Matters and How To Do It Right, with Kathy Hagedorn, a leading consultant on human resources in higher education. Presented July 16, 2008.

Promoting Faculty Careers for Women, with Maike Ingrid Philipsen, who just completed a major study on female faculty members and how colleges can promote their careers. Presented June 17, 2008.

Reaching Military Students and Veterans, with Randy Wright, president of the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services. Presented May 20, 2008.

Hiring Campus Leaders: Issues and Challenges, with Jonathan Fortescue, managing director of the Education/Not-For-Profit Practice at J. Robert Scott Executive Search. Presented April 23, 2008.

Endowments Under Scrutiny – Why the Debate Matters and How to Respond, with John Walda, president and CEO of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Presented March 20, 2008.

Global Shifts in Higher Ed — Why Bologna Matters to Your College, with Clifford Adelman, a leading higher education researcher and senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, and author of the forthcoming The Bologna Club: What U.S. Higher Education Can Learn from a Decade of European Reconstruction, to be published by the Institute for Higher Education Policy, with support from the Lumina Foundation for Education, this spring. Presented February 26, 2008.

How to Train and Help Teaching Assistants, with Catherine Ross (associate director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning and director of Teaching Assistant Programs at the University of Connecticut) and Jane Dunphy (director of English Language Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), who have co-written Strategies for Teaching Assistant and International Teaching Assistant Development, just published by Jossey-Bass, presented January 22, 2008.

Promoting an Undergraduate Research Culture, with Kerry Karukstis, a professor of chemistry at Harvey Mudd College and president of the Council on Undergraduate Research, presented December 12, 2007.

Smart Choices and Hard Questions on Campus Crime, with Ann Franke, one of the leading experts nationally on risk assessment and legal issues in higher education, presented November 15, 2007.

Mentoring Minority Faculty, with Stacy Blake-Beard, a leading expert on mentoring and diversity in organizations, presented October 16, 2007

Orientation for New Students Isn’t Over, featuring Mary Stuart Hunter, executive director of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, presented September 19, 2007.

Beyond Orientation: Helping New Faculty Members Succeed, featuring Henryk Marcinkiewicz, administrator, author and consultant, presented August 15, 2007.

How to Recruit Gen X Faculty Members, featuring Cathy A. Trower, co-principal investigator, Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, presented July 17, 2007.

Rethink Your Jobs Web Site to Improve Faculty and Staff Recruiting, featuring Kathlene Collins, publisher of Inside Higher Ed, presented June 21, 2007.

College Budgets: How Your Institution Spends Money— and Can Do So More Effectively, featuring Jane Wellman, director of the Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity and Accountability, presented May 31, 2007.

Surveys of Student Engagement: How to Use Them and What Not to Promise, featuring George D. Kuh, of the National Survey of Student Engagement, presented April 18, 2007.

Domestic Partner Benefits: New Political and Legal Challenges, featuring Steve Sanders, a university-administrator-turned-lawyer, presented March 7, 2007.

Archived Audio Conferences


Free to Download

April 27, 2011
Morton Owen Schapiro, Northwestern University president and higher education economist, discusses the state of the academy's finances and his institution's recent brushes with faculty controversy.
(7.86 MB)
January 3, 2011
Raynard S. Kington describes his transition to the presidency of Iowa's Grinnell College.
(6.59 MB)
December 6, 2010
Anatoli Mikhailov, rector of the European Humanities University, discusses his institution's goals and travails.
(7.92 MB)
October 27, 2010
David Arnold, president of American U. in Cairo, discusses the university's role in the region and its championing of the liberal arts.
(13.75 MB)
July 2, 2010
The president of the University of California reflects on a rocky year -- but wishes his critics would get a sense of humor.
(16.48 MB)
May 20, 2010
Top Microsoft techie Cameron Evans discusses the new cloud computing tools his company is using to try to win over academics.
(16.73 MB)