(PODCAST): Data-driven culture and advice for other IT professionals

January 22, 2015

Today on the podcast, I talk to Tracy Smith, our director of information delivery. Tracy and her team deliver timely data to enable informed decision-making all across the organization. Important job. In today’s podcast, we discuss data-driven culture and how important it is to foster it at a workplace. We also talk about the phenomenon of girls moving away from STEM, what brought Tracy into the business intelligence field, and her advice for other IT professionals. 

You can find the podcast here.

Also – excited to announce that next week, Scott Kinney, Capella’s president, will be testifying at the MN State Senate about our FlexPath program. Stay tuned.

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James Altucher’s “What I Learned About Life After Interviewing 80 Highly Successful People”

January 21, 2015



Check out this piece. It’s by writer James Altucher about lessons he’s learned about life and business through his interviews with very successful people. In addition to writing, James interviews highly successful and interesting people for his podcast. It’s worth the read.

Who would you interview if you had the chance?

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Free Community College Debate

January 20, 2015

New America has an interesting podcast that discusses the free community college announcement from the White House and the NCAA. It is part of a segment called Higher Ed Happy Hour, hosted by Kevin Carey, Andrew Kelly from AEI, and Libby Nelson from Vox. Three smart people. If you’re looking to kill 45 minutes before the State of the Union tonight, it’s worth a listen: https://soundcloud.com/newamerica/free-community-college

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(PODCAST): Sue Talley’s story and the role of women in IT

January 16, 2015

In this episode of Education Matters, I spoke with Sue Talley, Capella’s dean of technology. Sue’s journey into information technology is unique, as she actually started her career as a high school English teacher. It’s a good story – Sue worked at Apple and learned a lot from the late Steve Jobs; she also led the creation of a doctoral online program at Pepperdine University, and then enrolled in said program.

In this podcast, we also discuss the presence of women in information technology. Sue pointed out that our technology programs at Capella actually have a higher percentage of women than most programs in the country. Between 35 and 40 percent of our technology programs are female, while most programs in the country are struggling to have 10 or 20 percent. We discuss why this may be, and how Capella continues to support this population of our learners.

Listen to Sue’s story here.

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(PODCAST): Introducing the Education Matters podcast

January 14, 2015

The Education Matters blog is getting a new partner in 2015: the Education Matters podcast! Why a podcast? I’ve been a big fan of podcasts for years… Bill Simmons, Mark Maron, Effectively Wild, Nerdist, the Orvis Fly-Fishing podcast, etc. It’s a great way to tell stories. An old boss of mine used to say that every person has a book’s worth of stories in them and, if you care enough to hear them, they’re almost always interesting. Capella has a lot of interesting stories and we want to tell them in a compelling way. (For the record: I’m not doing this because I was inspired by Serial; I haven’t listened to it yet but I will.)

I want to start off with a bang, and what’s more exciting than financial aid policy? Right?!? Seriously, it’s an important issue, and we’ve got a lot to say. In our inaugural episode, I talk with Jillian Klein, Capella’s director of public policy about federal financial aid: what questions adult learners should ask and rethinking the system we have here in the U.S. Big thanks to Jillian for being willing to be our initial guinea pig.

We’re going to have a lot of conversations with learners, graduates, faculty, staff, and external thought leaders over the next few months. If you have ideas about interviews you’d like to hear on the podcast, send me a note on Twitter at @mikebuttry1.

You can find the first episode of our podcast here. I hope you enjoy it!

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