As part of the back-to-school festivities at Colorado College, Off Topic was invited to stage a taping of the show before a live audience of Colorado College faculty and staff members in the Richard F. Celeste Theater. What better issue to explore in this context than the crisis (or crises) facing America's colleges and universities? We spoke with critics, activists, professors, and administrators, to get their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that will shape the future of higher education. Click Here to Listen Now!
Aaron Calafato is the co-founder and artistic director of StudentDebtCrisis.Org. He is also the author of "For Profit", a solo-performance piece about his time as an admissions counselor at a for-profit college.
Kevin Rask is the College Research Professor in the Economics and Business Department at Colorado College.
Dale J. Stephens is the founder of UnCollege.org and author of Hacking your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will.
Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor and Director of the Washington Center for the Study of American Government at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters.
Jill Tiefenthaler is the President of Colorado College. She is a trained economist and an expert in the economics of higher education.
Idris Goodwin is a playwright, essayist, spoken word performer, and a professor in the Theater and Dance Department at Colorado College. He is a regular contributor and sometimes co-host of the show.
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