​​​​​​​​​The Higher Ed Rewired podcast features inspirational stories from faculty and staff who are transforming the higher education landscape. They bring listeners along on their journey of engaging students with innovative practices, overcoming institutional challenges and creating groundbreaking research. Each episode will inspire and expand the listener's understanding of the foundations of student success in higher education.

Visit Graduation Initiative 2025 to learn more about the California State University’s effort to increase student success across the 23 campus system.

Coming soon! Beginning August 19, 2019, subscribe on iTunes or listen here.


Higher Ed Rewired

Higher-Ed ​Rewired

Higher Ed Rewired

The Higher Ed Rewired podcast features inspirational stories from faculty and staff who are transforming the higher education landscape. They bring listeners along on their journey of engaging students with innovative practices, overcoming institutional challenges and creating groundbreaking research. Each episode will inspire and expand the listener's understanding of the foundations of student success in higher education.

Visit Graduation Initiative 2025 to learn more about the California State University’s effort to increase student success across the 23 campus system.

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Using virtual reality (VR), CSU Channel Islands nursing students learn beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom. Dr. Jaime Hannans at California State University Channel Islands shares how students are able to rehearse and get feedback on their helping skills through VR simulations, and develop empathy through connecting with their virtual patients. San Diego State University’s Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning (VITaL) promotes experimentation with curriculum design in unexpected majors by applying the scholarship of teaching and learning to these emerging technological tools. ​

Resources for Episode 6​


Campuses are using artificial intelligence technology to respond and advise, on-demand, to students, faculty and staff via text or auditory messaging. Meet Cal State Fullerton’s iTuffy and Cal State Northridge’s CSUny, chatbots that extend accessibility of student support services 24/7 and engage students in a manner most conducive to them.​

Resources for Episode 5​


Undergraduate students at Cal State Dominguez Hills participate in meaningful experiences ranging from observational studies and laboratory experiments to biomedical and psychophysiological research. Students work closely with faculty mentors in the neuroscience lab partnering on scholarly writing and research. The program has been successful in increasing the aspirations of students towards careers in research and enrolling in competitive graduate programs across the nation.

Resources for Episode 4


Fresno State's Dr. Rajee Amarasinghe has led teams of math faculty to rethink instructional approaches to introductory mathematics courses. He shares strategies and interventions on transforming mathematics instruction, inspiring students towards careers in teaching and STEM and how his efforts are increasing student completion.

Resources for Episode 3


Cal State Long Beach assistant professor Dr. Rashida Crutchfield’s experience working at a shelter for youth experiencing homelessness informed her research agenda on housing and food insecurity in higher education. She offers insight on how the CSU has become a national leader with their Basic Needs Initiative and the importance of supporting students facing food and housing insecurity.

Resources for Episode 2


Cal State Fullerton's Dr. Julián Jefferies teaches critical approaches to education by taking groups of students on service-learning experiences to Latin American countries. First-generation, Latinx students apply course concepts to their interactions with the community-based organizations. Through these experiences they gain greater self-awareness, increase their sense of belonging to the campus and gain insight into needs of diverse communities.

Resources for Episode 1



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