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Solutions for Higher Education dives into hot topics in the world of colleges and universities. Sometimes it tackles controversies in education, sometimes it looks at current events, sometimes it's innovations and fun. Brought to you by Southern Utah University, but geared toward anyone with an interest in the subjects, episodes are hosted by SUU's President Scott L Wyatt and Professor Steve Meredith.
 
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As he begins the transition to his new position as Senior Executive Director of State Online Education, President Scott L Wyatt reflects on his service at SUU and future opportunities. Featured Quotes: It has become so much a part of my identity and my whole life, along with my wife Kathy. It seems that being a president of a university is not a jo…
 
President Scott L Wyatt and Solutions for Higher Education host Steve Meredith share a conversation with Dr. Frank Dooley, chancellor at Purdue University Global, focused on the non traditional students that are largely overlooked by higher education. Featured Quotes: I think that the biggest thing that has changed in the past year, I think the acc…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and host Steve Meredith sit down with members of Southern Utah University’s faculty and staff to discuss how the University has adapted teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sylvia Bradshaw, Matt McKenzie, Johnny MacLean, Lynn Vartan, and Matt Weeg all share their perspective on the last year. Featu…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and host Steve Meredith speak with two members of the Southern Utah University Dance program. Danielle Sheather, assistant professor of dance, and Bailey Walker, a first year senior dance student, share they had a memorable year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Featured Quotes: . . . I think as artists, all of us …
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Solutions for Higher Education host Steve Meredith are joined by Peter Fuller, president of Workflow Academy. The trio discusses Workflow Academy and how it upscales students, preparing them for placement in cloud technology related careers. Featured Quotes: . . . a massive opportunity that I see, one that ma…
 
Show Notes: This week on Solutions for Higher Education, President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith are joined by Seana Murray, business program manager and John O’Brien, chief technology officer, at Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Services. The group looks at how HoloLens is changing the landscape of virtual higher education and many other industries. F…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith welcome Aaron Osmond, Workforce Transformation Leader with Amazon Web Services and the Vice Chair of the Utah Board of Higher Education, the governing board that oversees Utah’s colleges and universities. The three discuss the technology industry, how they partner with higher education, and how…
 
Show Notes: In the first episode of the spring 2021 season, Southern Utah University President Scott L Wyatt and Solutions for Higher Education host Steve Meredith introduce this semester’s topic, Alternatives to Traditional Higher Education. The two discuss the upcoming season and begin to dive into the variety of options available for people outs…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith welcome Dr. Jon Anderson, Southern Utah University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In this episode, the group discusses the role of shared governance in university strategic planning and how to engage faculty, staff, and students in the process. Featured Quotes: And so, [acco…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit down with Dr. Dave Woolstenhulme, Commissioner of Higher Education for the state of Utah, to discuss the structure of higher education in Utah and recent shifts that have been made. Featured Quotes: I think we're going to have some real efficiencies around how we operate and how we do thing…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith are joined by the entire Solutions for Higher Education team. From recording to distribution, this week’s guests cover all the steps in the podcast’s production. Bailey Bowthorpe, Libby Meredith, Natasha Johnson, Lexi Carter, and Jill Whitaker join in to share their part of the process and thei…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit down with Rita Osborn, executive director of the Center for Rural Health to discuss Southern Utah University’s Rural Health Scholars Program. The program prepares students for graduate-level healthcare programs through academic and non-academic experiences. Featured Quotes: . . . the intere…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit down with SUU’s Dr. Eric Kirby, assistant vice president for student affairs and Ryan Bailey, coordinator of completion and student success. They discuss SUU’s main retention strategy, the Assistant Coaches for Excellence and Success (ACES), a peer mentoring program for first year students.…
 
Show Notes: President Scott Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit down with SUU’s Provost Jon Anderson to discuss SUU’s newest innovation: a $10,000 bachelor of general studies degree program. They discuss the promise of online student growth and how this new program offers yet another path for SUU students to succeed. Featured Quotes: . . . as we did our f…
 
Show Notes: President Scott Wyatt and Steve Meredith meet with two leaders from Southwest Technical College, Tessa Douglas, director of Dual Enrollment and Placement Services, and Will Pierce, Vice President of Instruction. They discuss the innovative partnership between SUU and Southwest Tech and how the two entities have developed multiple pathwa…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit down with Tawny Hammond, National Director of Learning Advancement for Best Friends Animal Society and SUU's Melynda Thorpe, Executive Director of Community and Professional Development. They discuss the SUU & Best Friends Executive Leadership Certification, the nation’s first university-en…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith talk with Ken Hall, SUU School of Business Associate Dean, about the overhaul and growth of the MBA program over the last few years. They discuss the importance of maintaining quality between face-to-face and online courses and how holding the same admissions standards for all students - regard…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith talk with SUU's Faculty Senate President Bill Heyborne about the Three Year Degree program. They discuss the initial concept, the ripple effect it had on campus - specifically among faculty members - and how authentic communication and using the brilliant minds available made the program setup …
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith kick off the 2020-21 season by introducing this year’s podcast theme: Innovation in Higher Education: Lessons Learned. They preview some of the topics to be discussed, like the partnership between SUU and Southwest Technical College and SUU’s Three Year Degree program. Featured Quotes: We don’t…
 
Show Notes: Author Christopher Corbett joins the podcast today as we discuss his book The Poker Bride. Featured Quotes: Mark Twain talks about not writing about mankind, but writing about a man and I was very interested in putting a human face on an experience that we don’t know that much about, and that is the experience of the Chinese in the West…
 
Show Notes: Author John M. Barry joins the podcast today as we discuss his book The Great Influenza and how relevant it is to the time we are living through right now. Featured Quotes: [The 1918] virus did go everywhere. The death toll is estimated at between 15 and 100 million people in a much smaller population. If you adjust for population, that…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith are joined by Dave Shively to discuss his book The Pacific Alone, the second installment in the Summer Book Club series. They discuss Ed Gillet’s journey across the Pacific Ocean and Shively’s process for gathering all the details and writing this book. Featured Quotes: You just keep moving for…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith are joined by SUU professors Dr. Daniel Hatch and Dr. Tyler Stillman to discuss the first book in the Summer Book Club: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. They discuss their interpretations of the meaning of life, the importance of relationships with others and being honest with yoursel…
 
Show Notes: As part of the podcast series Solutions for Higher Education, SUU President Scott L Wyatt will lead a “Summer Reading Club” focusing on a new book each month. Readers who join the podcast will be given an introduction to the book by Scott Wyatt and podcast host Steve Meredith, who will be joined by an expert guest to give additional ins…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit 6 feet apart and discuss SUU and COVID-19, how the coronavirus has impacted Southern Utah University and higher education. Featured Quotes: This generation that has been sometimes accused of being overly socially engaged on technology and not socially enough engaged face-to-face . . . is th…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith are joined by Beth McMurtrie, senior writer for The Chronicle for Higher Education. They discuss McMurtrie's article "Fixing the Courses that Everybody Loves to Hate" and how the student success movement has adjusted in light of Generation Z students flooding college campuses. Featured Quotes: …
 
Show Notes: Sophia Laderman from the State Higher Education Executive Offices Association joins the podcast this week to discuss the funding of higher education and how it has impacted tuition over the years. Featured Quotes: . . . if we go all the way back to 1980, funding was a lot higher, several thousand dollars per student higher. So, that mea…
 
Show Notes: This week on the podcast we talk with Madeleine Rhyneer from Richmond, Virginia where she is the Vice President for Consulting and Dean of Enrollment Services at EAB. She recently had an article published entitled "No, Your College is Not An Exception" in the Chronicle of Higher Education and we just had to discuss that with her. Featur…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit down with Rachel Fishman, Deputy Director for Research at the Higher Education Initiative with New America, to discuss the perceptions of higher education, including affordability, quality, and return on investment. Featured Quotes: . . . overwhelmingly people think [higher education is] no…
 
Show Notes: We've invited Barbara Brittingham, the President of the New England Commission on Higher Education, to discuss what the downturn in higher ed enrollment is doing from an accreditation standpoint. Featured Quotes: . . . one of the things that the commission has seen (and Vermont is an excellent example of this unfortunately), is that whe…
 
Show Notes: Michael Osborn, VP & Senior Analyst with Moody’s Investors Service, joins us this week to discuss the credit worthiness, financial liability, and growth projections of higher education. Featured Quotes: And I would say, while we moved it (the credit outlook for higher education) to stable, it’s not that we think everything is substantia…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit down with Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost for enrollment management at Oregon State University. They discuss the adjustments colleges need to make to stay alive over the next decade, including more transparency in pricing and reducing barriers to admission. Featured Quotes: . . . there was a…
 
Show Notes: In this week's episode of Solutions for Higher Education, our hosts discuss the difficult decision colleges face to close down with Stephanie Niles, VP for Enrollment and Communications at Ohio Wesleyan University and immediate past president for the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Featured Quotes: I think for an …
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith discuss the upcoming shift in enrollment numbers at universities and colleges with Nathan Grawe, professor of economics at Carleton College and author of Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education. Featured Quotes: [Because of the financial crisis of 2008] Young families decided that mayb…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith are joined by Eric Kelderman, senior reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education, to discuss enrollment projections in the United States over the next ten years. They discuss the growth SUU has seen and the rippling impact decreasing enrollments will have on surrounding businesses, especiall…
 
Show Notes: Today on the show we talk with Lee Gardner, senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education about the special report from The Chronicle for Higher Education entitled, "The Looming Enrollment Crisis." Gardner wrote the article "Weather the Storm" in the special report and today we're talking with him on the topic. Featured Quotes: Hi…
 
Show Notes: President Wyatt and Steve Meredith are joined by SUU's VP for Advancement & Enrollment Management Stuart Jones. They discuss the impending enrollment crisis all colleges and universities are facing and talk through a few of the ways Southern Utah University is combating that enrollment drop. Featured Quotes: Well, as we go forward from …
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith are joined by Dustin Hansen, Sr. Creative Director at Electronic Arts, to discuss game design and game theory and how video games relate to learning opportunities and educational growth. Featured Quotes: . . . if I’m being really honest, my approach to education kind of follows my approach to g…
 
Show Notes: It’s Thanksgiving week and our podcast hosts dive into the history of this important American holiday, including the pilgrimage to America, religious persecution, Plymouth Rock, and the meal that started the strong tradition of turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie each November. Featured Quotes: So, here is the teaser for Thanksgivi…
 
Show Notes: In this week’s episode, President Wyatt and Scott Meredith spend some time with Stephen Lisonbee, SUU’s Executive Director of Regional Services. They discuss the Utah Legislature’s focus on training the rising generations to fill technical and skill-heavy jobs, such as engineering, medicine, business and education. Featured Quotes: I be…
 
Show Notes: In a special Veteran’s Day episode, President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit down with the SUU Veteran’s Resource and Support Center Director Amanda Keller and Executive Director of the Bryce Canyon Association Gayle Pollock to discuss the history of Veteran’s Day, what life can look like after service for veterans, and the resour…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit down with Ryan Hagge from the American Academy of Innovation, and SUU’s own James Sage and Johnny MacLean, to discuss the balance between content and skills in project- and competency- based education. Featured Quotes: So, the classic example when people hear the word “project,” they automa…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit down with John Louviere and Rene Eborn, AVP/Exec Dir for Academic & Instructional Services and SAVP for Strategic Initiatives at Utah State University, to discuss the innovative approach USU is taking to competency-based education, specifically with general education assessments and online …
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith sit down with Paul Fain, writer for Inside Higher Ed, to discuss direct assessment, a type of competency-based education. Featured Quotes: I'm going to make a bold prediction here, but I think people should be watching competency-based education because I think the addition to kind of the growt…
 
Show Notes: We're talking with Phyllis Hauptfeld with Academic Partnerships about SUU's plans to grow online degree offerings. Featured Quotes: . . . there’s no doubt that online is providing the kind of accessibility to students who are location-bound. I mean, the marketplace for your traditional students is about 3.5 million a year graduates. The…
 
Show Notes: This episode we discuss SUU's plans to lower tuition costs for online-only students in an effort to make an education more accessible. Featured Quotes: The hypothetical full-time, face-to-face student shows up, it takes 120 credits to graduate, if that student takes 15 credits per semester over four years, that student is going to end u…
 
Show Notes: Dr. Megan Fromm, journalism teacher at Grand Junction High School, joins us on this week’s podcast to discuss the rethinking of general education requirements in education. Dr. Fromm penned the article “How We Could Radically Rethink the Core Curriculum in Higher Education” which the group references throughout the episode. Featured Quo…
 
Show Notes: President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith talk with Julie Hartley and Greg Benson, Assistant Commissioners of Higher Education for Academic and Student Affairs in the state of Utah, about the delivery methods for general education and the various competencies gained through general ed courses. Featured Quotes: For a long time, higher e…
 
Show Notes: This week's episode talks with student government leaders Jeff Carr and Chris Westwood. We learn what drew them to SUU, how they decided to get involved with student government, and more about who they are. Featured Quotes: And then when I got to the university, I took a political science class, and I was an acting major at the time, an…
 
Show Notes: Dr. Jean Boreen, dean of SUU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, joins President Scott L Wyatt and Steve Meredith this week for the last book in the Summer Book Club: Pride and Prejudice. They discuss the bridge Pride and Prejudice has built between classic literature and young adult literature and outline some of Jane Austen’s…
 
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