Does College Matter?

With soaring student debt, innovative technology, and new-fashioned careers—we wanted to ask the question: does college still matter? The second season of “Does College Matter?” will bring you insights from role models who have navigated a variety of worlds – from college and entrepreneurship to coding academies and the work place. With thought leaders such as Google’s Chief Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap; the CEO of Remind, Brett Kopf; and Sarah Green-Carmichael from Harvard Business Review chiming in, we ask entrepreneurs, podcasters, educators, and students alike: did college matter for you?
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Oct 12, 2016

Believe it: 10 text over the summer can increase college enrollment by 10%. A joint effort between digital creative agency Huge, non-profit Civic Nation & the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, UP NEXT is a texting program designed to provide students with guidance on college. Today, you’ll hear from a professor whose research on texting inspired the Up Next program as well as a student who used Up Next during her senior year.

Oct 5, 2016

The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady's effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

In our conversation with Reach Higher's Exec. Director Eric Waldo, Better Make Room's Don Yu  & college student Darius Wesley, we talk about the inspiration behind the program, the impact that school counselors and mentors can have, and what advice they would give high school students today. 

Jun 16, 2016

In our final episode of Season 2, we talk to Mary Daly, “the people’s economist,” about what roles economic mobility and economic inequality play in education. Also in the episode: Jody’s own college story and reflecting on this season with our producer, Ellen Chan.

Jun 9, 2016

In our interview with Isabel Sawhill and Beth Akers, two Research Fellows from the Brookings Institution, we talk about college affordability, why college debt is usually worth it (though it’s not without risks), and what advice they would give to a room full of high school students.

Jun 1, 2016

In our interview with Susan Dynarski, a professor at the University of Michigan and writer for the New York Times’ Upshot column, she dispels commonly held myths about college debt and explains how she stays innovative with her research.

May 25, 2016

In our conversation with economist Jaison Abel, he talks about the “well-educated barista” and how new grads fare in the job market.

May 19, 2016

In our conversation with Maddy Maxey, the Co-Founder and President of The Crated, she talks about how she came up with her company’s name, her experience as a Thiel Fellow, and why the ah-ha moment is a myth.

May 12, 2016

We’re taking a quick break from “Does College Matter?” this week. We’ll be back next week with the founder of The Crated, Maddy Maxey.

May 5, 2016

In this interview, guest-host Vanessa Ishii (from Stitcher Radio) and Matt Lieber (co-founder of Gimlet Media) explore the world of storytelling, the power of audio, and what role podcasts will play in the future.

Apr 27, 2016

In our conversation with Teuila Hanson, SVP of HR, Diversity and Inclusion at the San Francisco Fed, she talks about what’s at stake in conversations about diversity and why we need to be honest about our own biases.

Apr 20, 2016

In our conversation with Kathleen Mullaney, Udacity’s VP of Careers, she talks about Udacity’s mission, her mentors, and what advice she would give to career switchers and

Apr 14, 2016

In our interview with Steve Davee, Maker Ed's Chief Maker Educator, we talk about the power of play, what inspires people to learn, and how he thinks the modern maker movement can impact college. 

Apr 7, 2016

In our interview with Tyler Kingkade, Senior Editor and Reporter at Huffington Post College, we ask him about hot topics on campus and whether he thinks college still matters. 

Mar 31, 2016

Scholar Match is a non-profit, founded by author Dave Eggers. Designed to guide low-income students through the college application process, they continue to be a resource to students after high school, steering them through college and on toward a career. In our interview with the staff and students from Scholar Match, we talk about what problems they're trying to solve and what kind of impact Scholar Match has on their students' lives. 

Mar 24, 2016

In our conversation with the CEO of Immudicon, Riley Ennis, he talks about what life as Thiel Fellow was like, where the idea for Immudicon came from, and what advice he gives people, trying to find their passion.  

Mar 17, 2016

In our conversation with the CEO of Six Foods, Rose Wang, she talks about the inspiration behind Six Foods, how she learned to push past barriers, and why eating cricket chips could help improve the environment. 

Mar 10, 2016

In our conversation with Adrian Rodriguez, SVP of Communications & Community Engagement at the SF Fed, he talks about his experiences growing up in the small barrio town of La Puente, being a first generation college student, and how his parents have inspired him throughout his life.

Mar 3, 2016

In our conversation with Sarah Green Carmichael, the host of Harvard Business Review's Ideacast, we talk about changing the world through management, why she joined HBR, and how she stays innovative.

Feb 25, 2016

In our conversation with Khan Academy’s charismatic VP of Learner Strategy & Operations, Elizabeth Slavitt, we got a behind-the-scenes look at Khan Academy’s creative process and ask Elizabeth what inspired her to join the team and how she stays innovative.

Feb 18, 2016

University of the People is the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited online university. In our interview with UoPeople's President, Shai Reshef, we talk about the inspiration behind the online four-year college, what it takes to run the school, and what kind of advice he has for future entrepreneurs. 

Feb 10, 2016

Jeremy Rossman has co-founded a school that’s breaking all the rules. It’s exclusively focused on Computer Science and it’s called Make School - partly because you can’t get accepted if you haven’t made anything and partly because the purpose of the school is to teach students how to make things like mobile apps. Plus, there’s no traditional tuition and no student debt. We’re going to find out why the Make School is so different, learn about the problems it’s trying to solve, and discover how to run a successful school with no tuition and no student debt.

Feb 3, 2016

The charismatic CEO of Schoology talks about how he stays innovative and what advice he would give to first-time entrepreneurs. 

Jan 27, 2016

In our interview with the CEO of Remind, Brett Kopf, we ask him about the inspiration behind Remind, his framework for starting a company from scratch, and the impact that an individual teacher has had on his whole life.

Jan 20, 2016

Google’s Chief Education Evangelist, Jaime, talks about his experience as a first generation college student, what it means to be an education evangelist, and growing up in 1970’s New York.