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A Higher Digital Podcast

Exploring the new Whys…in Higher Ed

Higher education is changing, and for good reason. The need for improved student experiences, better-enabled faculty, greater equity in both access and outcomes, increased automation, and more engaged leadership represents a collective necessity that is mothering tremendous invention…and innovation…and inspiration.

In each episode, you will experience hosts and guests pulling for the resurgence of Higher Ed, while identifying and discussing the best practices needed to accomplish that resurgence. Strategy and tactics; planning and execution; people, process, and technology – it’s all on the menu because that’s what’s required to truly transform.

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Episode 43

transformed: Kinetic Leadership for Kinetic Transformation

In this episode, Dr. Margaret McMenamin – President of Union College of New Jersey – describes the kinetic leadership required for kinetic transformation, supported by examples from her experience and the best way to measure results.

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Episode 42

transformed: Overcoming Organizational Fear that Prevents Digital Transformation

In this episode, Dr. Mary Papazian – former President of San Jose State University – shares lessons learned about overcoming the organizational fear that prevents digital transformation.

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Episode 41

transformed: Leveraging the University Platform to Transform Communities

In this episode, Dr. Keith Whitfield – President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – describes how UNLV is transforming the communities that surround and define it.

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Episode 40

transformed: Refreshing Student Engagement Post-COVID.

In this episode, Ann Marie VanDerZanden – Associate Provost for Academic Programs at Iowa State University – describes how a special task force is helping her institution to refresh student engagement post-COVID.

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Episode 39

transformed: Extended Reality Learning Innovation

In this episode, Dr. Mary Gallagher – President of L.A. City College – and Marcy Drummond – Vice President of Economic and Social Mobility Innovation – describe their use of extended reality solutions to enhance student engagement and advance each student’s learning journey.

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Episode 38

transformed: People-first Transformation

In this episode, Dionne Curbeam – Deputy CIO at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD – describes how a “people-first” approach to transformation requires up-front investment but is more sustainable and successful than alternatives.

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Episode 37

transformed: The Psychology of Transformation

In this episode, Jane Close Conoley, PhD – President of California State University, Long Beach – describes how the personal and “ecological” fundamentals of change are incorporated into the culture, decision making and management methods at CSULB.

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Episode 36

transformed: Data-driven Transformation

In this episode, Cyndi Cain Fitzgerald – Manager of Business Intelligence Analytics at Antioch University – describes the use of an internal data taxonomy standard within Antioch’s Ellucian Colleague implementation to support Antioch’s transformation from campus-centric structure to school-centric structure.

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Episode 35

transformed: Taking IT Organizations from Good to Great

In this episode, Joe Gottlieb, President and CTO of Higher Digital, sat down with Jack Suess, Vice President of IT and CIO at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, to discuss IT organization transformation through the lens of Jim Collins’ book Good to Great and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Episode 34

transformed: Driving Organizational Engagement to Facilitate Change

Joe Gottlieb, President and CTO of Higher Digital, sat down with Ed Evans, CIO of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, to discuss the organizational engagement practices necessary to facilitate sustainable change in the digital era.

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About The Host


As president of Higher Digital, Joe supports customers with strategy development, change management, and strategic operations. He is energized by the complex challenges and profound opportunities facing higher education and is motivated to have and share discussions around these topics.

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