Molly Jahn, Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison
The history of the University of Wisconsin-Madison dating back to the first dean in 1880 through today and plans for the future of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
David Williamson Shaffer, Associate Professor, Departments of Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction, UW - Madison
David explains how he believes children can learn important and necessary life skills through playing computer games
Bettsey Barhorst the president of the Madison Area Technical College; William Tracy, a professor in the Department of Agronomy at UW-Madison; Kathy Cramer Walsh, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison; and Adam Gamoran, a professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies at UW-Madison discuss the challenges of higher education.
David Ward, the interim chancellor at UW-Madison, looks at the relationship among how ideas relate to policy and how policy relates to content in higher education. Ward compares and contrasts higher education in the present with the decade following World War II.
Elizabeth Popp Berman, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the State University at Albany, SUNY and Sheila Slaughter, the McBee Professor at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia discuss, from an historical perspective, the scientific research branch of the university and its role in the economy.
Dennis Schatz, senior vice president at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA, talks about the Portal to the Public, which connects research scientists and science based professionals, to public audiences. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on lifelong learning in the scientific fields.
Francis Schrag, professor emeritus of Educational Policy Studies at UW-Madison, moderates a discussion with Sheila Slaughter, McBee Professor at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, and Richard Vedder, a professor in the Department of Economics at Ohio University. They focus on higher education in the 21st century: stratification, segmentation, and fragmentation.
Harry Brighouse, a professor in the Department of Philosophy at UW-Madison, explores the mission of public higher education flagship universities and their role in preparing students for the future. Brighouse compares the public universities to elite private institutions.
Michael Bastedo, an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan and Harry Peterson President Emeritus of the Western State College of Colorado discuss governing board activism, the dynamics of trustee independence and management strategies.
Michael Olneck, Professor Emeritus in Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at UW-Madison, Cory Mason, a representative (D-Racine) in the Wisconsin State Assembly, Todd Berry, president of the WI Taxpayers Alliance, Allie Gardner, chair of the Associated Students of Madison at UW-Madison and Sara Goldrick-Rab, an associate professor in Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at UW-Madison.