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The Pathfinder

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We visit with faculty, administrators, policymakers, researchers – really, anyone making a difference in the lives of students at community colleges. It’s a partnership between the Texas Success Center and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.

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Episode 106: Davis Jenkins

Today, we’re in San Antonio, at the Texas Pathways Institute, organized by the Texas Success Center. We’ve had a chance the past couple of days to visit with people at community colleges working on developing guided pathways at their institutions, and we sat down with Davis Jenkins, a senior researcher with the Community College Research Center, at Columbia University Teachers College.

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Resources mentioned on today’s episode:

Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education, Fabricant, Brier
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Timothy Snyder
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, McNeil, McCain

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Episode 105: Tonie Badillo

Today our guest is Tonie Badillo, who directs dual credit and Early College High Schools at El Paso Community College. EPCC was a pioneer in both dual credit and early college high schools, and Tonie has been involved since the very beginning.

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Resources mentioned on today’s episode:

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Redesigning America’s Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student SuccessBailey, Jaguars, Jenkins

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Episode 104: Jenna Cullinane Hege

Today, Jenna Cullinane Hege joins us to talk about the overarching policy goals for higher education in Texas. The agenda is called 60×30 TX and aims to ensure 60% of adult Texans have some sort of higher education credential by 2030.

Jenna Cullinane Hege

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources mentioned on today’s episode:

Texas Higher Education Data
60x30TX Plan
Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely
The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sandberg
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, Jonathan Haidt
Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change, Granny, Patterson, Mayfield, McMillan, Switzler

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Episode 103: David Troutman & Wander Mercer

Today, Wanda Mercer, vice chancellor for student affairs, and David Troutman, vice chancellor for institutional research and decision support, at the University of Texas system join us to talk about the current state of dual credit in Texas and what changes we may be seeing over the next few years.

David Troutman and Wanda Mercer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books mentioned on today’s episode:

Giant of the Senate, Al Franken
Being Mortal, Atul Gawandre
From Numbers to Words, Morgan, Reichert, Harrison

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Episode 103: Uri Treisman

Today, Uri Treisman is with us to talk about his career as a teacher and researcher, and what he’s been up to lately, changing the way we all think about mathematics in higher education. In our conversation, Uri reflects broadly on the systemic change he’s been a part of, and roots it all in the deep pleasure he’s found in the classroom.

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Books mentioned on today’s episode:

Euphoria, by Lily King
How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough

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Episode 102: Rex Peebles

This week, we talk with Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In our conversation, we’ll talk about his background, what the world looks like from his current perch, and the intersection between higher education policy and practice. With all the changes happening in our world these days, Rex has some important insights about what’s coming, and how people on campus can help steer the direction we take.

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Books mentioned on today’s episode:

Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville
The Attainment Agenda, by Laura Perna

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Episode 101: ACC Welding Faculty

I sat down with Warren Donworth, Tom Gingras, and William Bastas in the Welding program at Austin Community College. These teachers love welding. They love the precision and the attention it takes to get a piece just right. And they love the students. You can hear it in their voices when they’re talking about the program and the people who have gone through it with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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