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"Ideas for restoring the heart of the academy "is a podcast interview featuring Robert Zemsky, largely focused on his latest book Checklist for Change: Making Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise (2013). Zemsky discusses his thoughts on higher education reform including the concepts of financial sustainability, "the importance of faculty engagement" in curriculum design, governance and college leadership. Additionally, he highlights examples of institutions that utilized what he refers to as "collective action." Zemsky further discusses his work with the Spellings’ Commission and his thoughts on education innovations, including massive open online courses (MOOCs). Zemsky also offers recommendations for future action regarding the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and discusses the future of higher education and its parallels with the healthcare industry.

The interview is facilitated by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin, and Elise Scanlon of Radio Higher Ed. Commentary and discussion of the interview is presented by Dodge, Griffin, and Scanlon

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Radio Higher Ed, LLC

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Copyright © 2014 Radio Higher Ed . All Rights Reserved. Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network.

RadioHigherEd021F001.mp3 (678 kB)
Checklist for Change – Zemsky’s plan for higher education reform (:43)

RadioHigherEd021F002.mp3 (1552 kB)
On the sustainability of U.S. higher education (1:38)

RadioHigherEd021F003.mp3 (6474 kB)
The independence of faculty and the atomization of curriculum (4:36)

RadioHigherEd021F004.mp3 (4516 kB)
Faculty inspired innovation at Stanford, University of Wisconsin OshKosh and Penn (4:49)

RadioHigherEd021F005.mp3 (5935 kB)
The academic department as a Greentree Cooperative (6:20)

RadioHigherEd021F006.mp3 (1884 kB)
National Standards as a matter of design and parallels between higher education and healthcare (2:00)

RadioHigherEd021F007.mp3 (3776 kB)
The impact of economics on the humanities and liberal arts (4:01)

RadioHigherEd021F008.mp3 (3854 kB)
Elements of a national testing regime (4:06)

RadioHigherEd021F009.mp3 (2161 kB)
The role of employers in higher education (2:18)

RadioHigherEd021F010.mp3 (2863 kB)
Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (3:03)

RadioHigherEd021F011.mp3 (2554 kB)
The 3-year baccalaureate, student cohorts and online learning (2:43)

RadioHigherEd021F012.mp3 (8317 kB)
Analysis by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin and Elise Scanlon (8:52)