Season 3, Episode 4 - Rethinking the True Value of Education in the Workplace

About This Episode:

In 2019, amidst rising tuition and student debt, The Gates Foundation created a new panel called the Postsecondary Value Commission to examine the return on investment of the college degree across gender and race. Members of the panel measured “postsecondary value” in terms of earnings, access to high-quality jobs, and economic mobility and security.
Higher Ed Rewired had a conversation with the commission’s research analyst, University of Texas System Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research and Advanced Analytics, David Troutman, Vice President and Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at IBM, Justina Nixon-Saintil and Filmmaker, Quincy Ledbetter. Listen as these experts discuss how higher education should be rethinking its role in the workplace.

Featured on This Episode:

  • David R. Troutman is the Associate Vice-Chancellor and Chief Data Officer of Institutional Research and Advanced Analytics for the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis (OIRA) at The University of Texas System. As the Associate Vice Chancellor for OIRA, Dr. Troutman and his team of researchers and business intelligence analysts transform data into timely and meaningful information in order to support UT System initiatives and policy decisions across its 13 institutions and to enhance insight, transparency, and accountability.

    David earned his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Justina Nixon-Saintil serves as IBM’s Vice President and Head of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility efforts. She is responsible for driving global social responsibility strategy and initiatives that enable IBM’s technology and talent to address and impact, at scale, the most demanding societal and community challenges in both growth and established markets.

    Justina is an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow and earned her Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Quincy Ledbetter is a filmmaker, photographer, and musician who focuses primarily on the narrative, documentary, and experimental film.  

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