February 3, 2012
Podcast Friday: Getting Through College

Our correspondent Emily Hanford produced a documentary last fall called "Some College, No Degree" about the challenges people face getting back to college once they quit. Now she’s working on a new documentary that looks at the college completion question from a different angle.

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November 17, 2011
Podcast Friday: Importing Chinese Students to American Colleges

In contrast to the United States and Europe, China’s economy is thriving. As the competition gets tougher for entrance into China’s universities, more middle-class families are sending their children to college out of the country, which has led to a booming college placement industry in China. Recent investigations revealed a pattern of fraud and financial kickbacks at one such agency.

Guest: Amy Scott, Education Correspondent, Marketplace.

Guest: Rob Schmitz, China Bureau Chief, Marketplace.

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September 8, 2011
Podcast Friday: Who Needs an English Major?

Today on the podcast, we present the third and final in our series, Tomorrow’s College, about the future of higher education: "Who Needs an English Major?"

The most popular college major in America these days is business. Some students think it doesn’t pay to study philosophy or history. But advocates of liberal arts programs say their graduates are still among the most likely to become leaders, and that a healthy democracy depends on citizens with a broad and deep education.

English Major comic credit Jacob Andrews

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September 6, 2011
Listener feedback - thanks!

We’re getting great feedback about our “Tomorrow’s College” project. As we prepare to release our third and final doc in the series, here’s what some folks have had to say so far about "Some College, No Degree" and "Don’t Lecture Me.":

Don’t Lecture Me- one of the best hour programs I have heard in ages. It has made me re-think how I am approaching my graduate students in class, and has changed how I will go into my course which begins this coming week. I have sent the link to our Dean of Education and have also sent it to many colleagues. Thanks for producing this show.

-Sue, Massachusetts

I enjoyed listening to “Don’t Lecture Me.” Perhaps a follow-up story could be done looking at St. John’s College in either Annapolis, MD or Santa Fe, NM where there are no professors, just tutors (albeit with PhDs), and classes are all tutorial style—and no grades to boot.

-Frederick, West Hartford, Ct.

I want to let you know your most recent podcast, “Some College, No Degree” (August 26) is absolutely outstanding. As an educator with more than 35 years experience working in colleges and universities, I found the podcast really focused on issues all of us need to be aware…and we need use this info to dialogue with colleagues about the implications you outlined in the program.

-Peter, Lexington, S.C.

I graduated from high school in 1972 thinking I didn’t need college because I already knew everything. A friend convinced me to go to college when I was almost 40. Best thing I ever did for myself, EVER! It’s what you learn about yourself in college that’s important. I went on for a Master’s degree in Social Work, but my proudest moment was watching my daughter graduate from ASU. I’ve convinced other friends to go back to school, and they all thank me constantly. It’s hard, it’s draining, but we all went from feeling like dummies to feeling confident in ourselves that we can do anything. I hope the people in your stories get those degrees. I’m praying for them!

-Peggy, Phoenix, Ariz.

August 25, 2011
Podcast Friday: Some College, No Degree

American RadioWorks is proud to present the first of three new documentaries in the Tomorrow’s College series. This week on the podcast: "Some College, No Degree: Why So Many Americans Drop Out of College, and What to Do about It."

More people are going to college than ever before. But in the United States, about half the people who start don’t finish. There are 37 million Americans with some college credits but no degree - more than 20 percent of the working-age population. In an economy that increasingly demands workers with knowledge and skills, many college dropouts are being left behind.

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August 18, 2011
Podcast Friday: Group Learning

Students at the University of Minnesota-Rochester often spend class time working in groups

ARW is about to release three new documentaries about the changing face of higher education. This week we talk about the use of teamwork in college classes.

By the time students get to college, they’re expected to be proficient at learning independently, without the support of a group. But at the University of Minnesota-Rochester, group work is a core part of the curriculum. ARW producer Emily Hanford discusses how this emerging program is veering away from the traditional lecture format in an effort to better suit the needs of the modern college student.                                                                     

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IMAGE: College students work in groups at the University of Minnesota-Rochester

Photo by: Suzanne Pekow

July 1, 2011
Podcast Friday: Challenging the Liberal Arts

Berea College CampusMany schools that offer degrees in the liberal arts and sciences are adapting the ways they teach to meet the demands of the 21st century. In September, American RadioWorks will premier a documentary called “Who Needs and English Major?” This week on the podcast we’ll preview one of the schools that will be featured in the documentary: Berea College in Eastern Kentucky.

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June 24, 2011
Podcast Friday: Skills to Pay the Bills

This week we continue with our series on the value of a college degree.  ARW Producer Emily Hanford shares excerpts of her interview with Tony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

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