Podcast: Rethinking the Regional Public University

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Regional public universities are the workhorses of the higher ed systems in many states. Overall, the 400-plus regional public universities across the U.S. educate some 40 percent of all American undergraduates. But often they are stuck in the middle between better known public flagship universities and community colleges. After years of declining state revenues, and in some states declining enrollments, many have arrived at a crossroads.

“We don’t have the kind of affordability advantage. So I think our biggest challenge is how do we regain and recapture that affordability advantage,” Dan Greenstein, the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State said in a conversation with FutureU hosts Jeff Selingo and Michael B. Horn.

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This podcast is created and produced by higher education experts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn.  Selingo, a FutureEd senior fellow and former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, is special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University, and a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. Horn is chief strategy officer for the Entangled Group, an education investment firm,  and a senior partner at Entangled Solutions, an education consulting company.  Selingo and Horn can be contacted here. Future U is supported by the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, a partnership between Arizona State University and Georgetown University, and by Entangled Solutions.