Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Talent Podcast

Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Talent

Lumina Foundation presents conversations with newsmakers and thought leaders in the field of education and training after high school. Hear from people working to attract, retain, and cultivate the talent America needs for the 21st century.

Understanding Public Narratives About Workforce and Higher Education

Oct. 28, 2022

Mainstream media and industry news shapes, reinforces, and redresses commonly held narratives—those underlying beliefs and attitudes that drive human behavior—about higher education and the workforce.  Dr. Rita Parhad and Emily Keane from Protagonist discuss the major narratives and counter-narratives that exist in America today, what drives them, and the implications these narratives have on individual and institutional behavior. 

Episode 38 features Dr. Rita Parhad and Emily Keane from Protagonist.

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Episode 37

What it Takes To Return: Adults in Higher Education—Part 2

Sept. 6, 2022

Institutions and non-profits across the country are providing new kinds of services and redesigning policies and practices to support more adults in higher education. In part 2, we talk with Malik Brown and Sena Owereko from Graduate Philadelphia, and from Dr. Ed Mills and Kaley Martin at Sacramento State University about how they are changing outcomes for adult learners.  READ MORE

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Episode 36

What it Takes To Return: Adults in Higher Education—Part 1

Aug. 23, 2022

Millions of adults in the US have some college credit but never finished their degree. The path back into school a second time is much harder to navigate. We begin a two-part series by talking with adult students and their coaches to learn about what it takes to return to school. Listen as Juquilla Henry, her coach April Mesa, and Jamar Izzard share their stories of returning to higher education.   READ MORE

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Episode 35

The Mental Health Crisis and Higher Education

May 24, 2022

A new study conducted by Gallup and Lumina Foundation found that three-fourths of students in bachelor’s programs and two-thirds of adults seeking associate degrees have considered taking a break from college due to emotional stress. Dr. Zainab Okolo of Lumina discusses the growing mental health crisis across the country and explores how it is having a great impact on adults and students of color. Dr. Jo Blondin, president of Clark State College, discusses how they are supporting students, staff, and faculty through a culture of care.  READ MORE

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Episode 34

The Power of State Networks

April 26, 2022

Aligning the work of state agencies, colleges, universities, community organizations, and philanthropy towards common goals takes trust, a neutral intermediary, and a focus on what is best for students. State-level networks across the country are leading efforts to make their state’s education and workforce systems better.   READ MORE

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Episode 33

Racial Equity in Higher Education Policy

Feb. 22, 2022

Lumina’s Scott Jenkins and Commissioner Carlos Santiago of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education discuss the processes, principles, and policy ideas that advance racial equity in higher education.  READ MORE

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Episode 32

2021 Wrap Up

Jan. 19, 2022

Join us as we wrap up the major higher ed news from 2021 with Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of the Washington Post, Elissa Nadworny of NPR, and Katherine Wheatle of Lumina Foundation. Together, we talk about the important and sometimes strange stories inside higher education, and consider themes to watch for in 2022.   READ MORE

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