​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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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Higher Ed Rewired

Higher-Ed ​Rewired

Higher Ed Rewired

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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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Higher Ed Rewired engages listeners in a conversation with a panel of nationally recognized authors who will discuss their recent books and share insight on equity and student success. Listen to Tia Brown McNair “From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education“ (2020) and “Becoming A Student Ready College” (2016), Bryan Alexander “Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education (2021) and Lindsay Pérez Huber “Why They Hate Us: How Racist Rhetoric Impacts Education” (2021) talk about everything from the books on their bedside stands to what inspired them as scholars in their field. Whether their work informs student success strategy or guides your professional development agenda, these are the authors you want on your summer reading list.

Resources for Season 2, Episode 7


College athletics is more than just sports. It includes televised broadcasts, beverage contracts and apparel sponsorships turning athletics into a $14 billion-dollar industry. The Fair Pay for Play Act, which passed through California legislators in 2020, will allow student-athletes to profit for their name, image and likeness. A vote to these rules change by NCAA is pending. Although NCAA had long-standing rules against compensation for intercollegiate athletes, many acknowledge the inequity in financial power and privilege at stake, changing policies for Division I intercollegiate athletics. How will these changes affect college athletics?

Resources for Season 2, Episode 6

For many students, navigating the college experience is unfamiliar and may sometimes feel alienating. Many institutions don’t operate much differently than they did 400 years ago, despite the student body being dramatically more diverse than it was back then. College campuses are beginning to transform to support students with their diversity of backgrounds and experiences. Higher Ed Rewired asks Anthony A. Jack of Harvard Graduate School of Education, Sarah E. Whitley of the NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success, and Ji Y. Son of California State University, Los Angeles, “Why is a sense of belonging important to student success for first gen students?”

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Topping the list of why students attend college is the desire to successfully enter into a career upon graduation. On-campus employment provides opportunities for students to gain experience in their future careers with academic and professional development opportunities, while at the same time, serving as a source of a financial resource.

Higher Ed Rewired spoke with Amelia Parnell, from NASPA, the professional organization for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and Debra Hammond, of the California State University, Northridge University Student Union on their research and practice on how higher education should rethink the student employment experience as a student success strategy.

Resources for Season 2, Episode 4

College Promise programs are not new to higher education, but they have gained momentum in recent years with the rise of “free college” initiatives across the country. They emerged from the need to increase a workforce to meet the labor demands of local communities and have evolved to address higher education access and equity. Given the variety of models that exist and the thousands of students who have participated in these programs, the questions are: What does it mean for a campus to make a promise and what has that promise meant for students and their communities?

This episode features Martha Kanter, Executive Director for the College Promise Campaign, Edward Smith, Program Officer with The Kresge Foundation, and Kate Mahar, Dean of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives at Shasta College. They share their research findings, innovative practices and recommendations on leveraging College Promise Programs to support student success.

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Whereas there is ample evidence of persistent equity gaps across the education pipeline, successfully closing the gap has thus far eluded higher education leaders and policy makers. What do we know about what works, emerging best practices, and why equity gaps are so stubborn? 

Higher Ed Rewired spoke with postsecondary education faculty researchers, Dr. Frank Harris III and Dr. Eric Felix of San Diego State University, to discuss their research and recommendations on the work required in closing equity gaps and rethinking inclusion. We also dive into the work at Pasadena City College that has driven institutional change by going beyond diversity and rethinking inclusion for their 27,000 students.

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College campuses are part of their larger communities, which positions them to be leaders during times of crisis. The border of the university facilities does not isolate itself from what is taking place beyond the gates into the surrounding community. In fact, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans (2005), The Camp Fire in Chico, California (2018) and COVID 19 (2020) are historical catastrophes affecting higher education in unprecedented ways and they have stepped up to during these critical moments. The resilience of the faculty, staff and students at California State University, Monterey Bay during COVID 19 is evidence to how faculty, staff and students leaned into this extremely traumatic event to become a teachable moment.

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As a thought-provoking conclusion to season one, Higher Ed Rewired will highlight a conversation on the future of higher education between three national higher education innovators and experts. Doug Lederman, editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed, Michelle Weise, senior vice president of Workforce Strategies and Chief Innovation Officer for  Strada Education, and Alexandra Bernadotte, founder and chief executive officer of Beyond 12 tackle big questions like: How is higher education keeping up with our changing society? How can we change the way we support students to and through college? What is the relationship between higher education and the workforce? Where does higher education go from here?

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CSU East Bay students engage in hands-on learning by building off-grid solar power and lighting systems designed to alleviate energy poverty—a lack of access to modern energy services. These programs introduce students to careers in STEM, engage students to work alongside K-12 in peer-led service-learning projects and address energy needs across the globe.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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