In-Depth Week

Higher Education

Higher Education In-Depth Week Panelists

  • Mary Sue Coleman

  • James Finkelstein

  • John Warner

  • Sally Johnstone

  • Wendy Wintersteen

  • Mark Wiederspan

  • Brent Gage

  • Liang Chee Wee

  • Chris Plunkett

  • Regan Smock

  • Michael D. Smith

  • Sara Marcketti

  • Jonathan Brand

    Cornell College

  • Maggie Jesse

  • Gwen Schimek-Tischler

  • Elle Boeding


  • Monday, March 29, 12 am

    Watch Replay Now: The Future of Higher Education: A conversation with Mary Sue Coleman

    Moderator: Vanessa Miller

    Panelists: Mary Sue Coleman

    As we sort through the long-term impact of COVID-19, what factors will be top of mind when it comes to the future of higher education in the United States?

  • Tuesday, March 30, 12 am

    Watch Replay Now: View From the Top: How does Iowa's Education System Evolve?

    Moderator: Vanessa Miller

    Panelists: James Finkelstein, John Warner, Sally Johnstone, Wendy Wintersteen

    What has COVID taught university presidents, regents and community college presidents about the future of the state’s higher education system? Will it lead to more collaborations, more challenges for private schools, changes in recruiting patterns or the delivery of education, or a need for more support roles? We ask these questions in a round robin of how the system could be reimagined.

  • Tuesday, March 30, 12 pm

    Watch Replay Now: The Value Proposition and Affordability of Higher Education

    Moderator: Craig Gemoules

    Panelists: Mark Wiederspan, Brent Gage

    A look at the current landscape of universities, colleges and community colleges and their dynamics in the higher education space. How do the various pieces in the system work together? Will they help manage costs? What is the value proposition of investing in a degree in a state with growing poverty rates and a continued pandemic? What funding streams are available to ease financial pressures?

  • Wednesday, March 31, 12 pm

    Watch Replay Now: Why can't Higher Education be a la carte?

    Moderator: Vanessa Miller

    Panelists: Liang Chee Wee, Chris Plunkett, Regan Smock

    In the era of online learning, could the state regent universities get more serious about an a la carte option to allow attendance at Iowa, Iowa State or UNI (or some combination) at the same time? What would be the ideal structure-including tuition-to support success?

  • Thursday, April 1, 12 pm

    Watch Replay Now: Bringing the College Experience Online

    Moderator: Zack Kucharski

    Panelists: Michael D. Smith, Sara Marcketti, Jonathan Brand, Maggie Jesse

    The shift from in person to online was swift and often times chaotic. What was available to help professors shift their courses online? What learning worked well and what gaps remain? How much of online learning will stay after the pandemic? How will this change course design at the major campuses?

  • Thursday, April 1, 11 pm

    Watch Replay Now: The Student Experience

    Moderator: Vanessa Miller

    Panelists: Gwen Schimek-Tischler, Mara Smith, Elle Boeding

    How has the sudden transition to online learning impacted students and their college experience? Consideration loss- campus jobs, social components of spending time in classrooms, and isolation rather than embracing traditional campus life. Despite great focus to provide additional supports for students for online learning, where are the pain points, and how should colleges and universities adjust?

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