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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 22

transformed: The Future of the IT Department

Joe Gottlieb welcomes Wayne Bovier to discuss a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “It’s Time to Get Rid of the IT Department.” Listen to the episode to hear Wayne’s insights on the future of the IT department in higher ed.

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Episode 21

transformed: The Future of Strategic Change Management

In this episode, President Joe Gottlieb and COO and co-founder Colleen Baker revisit EDUCAUSE 2021 and discuss how Higher Digital’s latest offering, (SEA)change, can help unlock the future of strategic change management.

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Episode 20

transformed: The Role of Enterprise Architect as Tech Debt Slayer

In this episode, President Joe Gottlieb welcomes Gwen Kerdiles, VP of Services at Higher Digital in Amsterdam, to discuss the role of the enterprise architect as tech debt slayer.

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Episode 19

transformed: Takeaways: 2021 EDUCAUSE Digital Transformation Survey

Listen in for an interesting conversation on the EDUCAUSE 2021 Digital Transformation Survey and see how higher ed institutions are, and are not, adopting digital transformation strategies.

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Episode 18

transformed: 5 Themes from the ASU+GSV Summit

Joe Gottlieb and Wayne Bovier discuss and debrief the recent ASU+GSV Summit in this episode of transformed. Listen in to hear about the 5 key themes from the conference.

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Episode 17

transformed: The Intersection of Business and Digital Transformation

President Joe Gottlieb welcomes Aimee Leishure, former SVP of Business Transformation at Laureate, to dive into the intersections of business transformation and digital transformation and how it can enhance the student experience.

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Episode 16

transformed: What’s Next for the Higher Ed Industry

President Joe Gottlieb sat down with CEO and Co-Founder Wayne Bovier to discuss 2U’s acquisition of edX and what this means for the higher ed industry.

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Episode 15

transformed: Women in Higher Ed IT

This week, Joe Gottlieb sat down with Dr. Saundra Williams for a discussion about womens’ roles in transforming the higher education industry.

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Episode 14

transformed: Online Education – A Key Disruptor in Higher Ed

This week, Joe Gottlieb sat down with Rick Shangraw, President of Cintana Education, to discuss how higher ed institutions are eliminating the geographical and financial barriers to quality education by employing online learning.

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Episode 13

transformed: DEI and Its Pivotal Role in Higher Ed

This week, Joe Gottlieb sat down with Kim Wells to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion and its many facets in higher ed – from code switching to sharing how leadership can cultivate these principles at the institutional level.

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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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