Higher Ed Happy Hour

In the Higher Ed Happy Hour, three well-known Washington, DC-based journalists and policy wonks -- Kevin Carey of New America, Andrew Kelly of the American Enterprise Institute, and Libby Nelson of -- discuss the latest happenings in higher education policy, research, and popular culture. There are special guests, wonky digressions, and excursions into the shocking and absurd.
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Jun 11, 2018
In a special reunion episode, Libby and Kevin return for an in-depth discussion of the series finale of The Americans while ignoring higher education altogether. 
Aug 9, 2017
Libby and Kevin return from a three-month hiatus to discuss DeVos, Trump, gainful employment, adjunct professorship, and Game of Thrones.
Apr 21, 2017

Kevin, Libby, and special guest Steve Teles dig into if, when, or how it's okay to stop someone from speaking on a college campus. Plus: Is The Americans getting stale?!

Mar 7, 2017

Special guest Tressie McMillan Cottom joins the podcast to discuss her new book: "Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy." Also, Libby has already seen "The Americans" Season 5 and Northwestern basketball is good this year for the first time ever.

Jan 30, 2017

Kevin and Libby talk through the contentious Betsy DeVos confirmation hearings and geek out on the new research from Raj Chetty and colleagues.

Dec 22, 2016

Kevin and Libby talk about what Betsy DeVos means for higher education, more IBR controversy, holiday-season cocktails, and Rogue One.

Nov 17, 2016

Kevin and Libby talk about the election, what it means for higher education, and what the heck is wrong with the Big Ten.

Oct 20, 2016

Kevin, Libby, and special guest Jason Delisle from AEI find that Trump is unavoidable before diving fathoms deep into the intricacies of income-based loan repayment and public service loan forgiveness.

Sep 22, 2016

Kevin and Libby welcome Jesse O'Connell as our first guest host / drinks-master to dive deep into FAFSA reform and prior-prior year. Also, presidential election developments and pretending Northeastern's football season didn't start until last week.

Jun 20, 2016

Andrew says goodbye to the podcast, we drown our sorrows in wine, then debate defense to repayment and the upcoming NACIQI vote to de-certify ACICS.

May 26, 2016

Kevin, Libby, and Andrew pray for sunshine and drink beer while they break down the good, bad, and ugly of the Trump higher education agenda.

Apr 25, 2016

Are intercollegiate athletics a moral garbage fire headed for an apocalypse of greed, money, and shame? Or not quite that bad? Kevin, Libby, and Andrew debate. 

Mar 22, 2016

Kevin and Libby dissect the Season 4 of The Americans, we continue debating how or if to blow up the federal financial aid system, and Andrew and Libby discuss Trump and the brief ascendency of Political Science. 

Feb 22, 2016

Kevin and Andrew debate New America's radical proposal to upend federal higher education policy as we know it, with Libby as mixologist / referee.

Feb 4, 2016

Kevin, Libby, and Andrew debate the spate of recent campus tenure controversies, plus Jeb Bush's innovative little-discussed higher education agenda. 

Dec 18, 2015

Description: Kevin, Libby, and Andrew debate the best and worst of 2015, including affirmative action, free speech, ratings, and Love, Actually

Nov 23, 2015

Kevin, Libby, and Andrew devote the podcast to ongoing controversies over campus racism, free speech, and alleged political correctness, with a side conversation on why "Love, Actually" is terrible. 

Oct 26, 2015

Andrew and Kevin debate the merits of the Democratic higher education platforms as well as the Obama Administration's trove of new "College Scorecard" data.

Jul 28, 2015

Libby, Andrew, and Kevin debate what a potential K12 bargain in Congress augers for the Higher Education Act, Kevin and Andrew foolishly debate the meaning of Trump.

Jul 6, 2015

Kevin, Andrew, and Libby autopsy the Obama administration's doomed college ratings plan.

Jun 11, 2015

Andrew, Libby, and Kevin debate the larger meaning of the LaCour academic fraud case and discuss the Laura Kipnis imbroglio at Libby'a alma mater.

May 11, 2015

Andrew, Libby and Kevin pick apart the Corinthian College bankruptcy, new polls about what people who didn't graduate from college think about higher education, and continued disagreement about MOOCs.

Apr 7, 2015

Kevin, Libby and Andrew unpack the Department of Education's long-delayed list of financially troubled institutions and debate whether college administrators are finally taking a hard line with perpetually awful Greek organizations. Plus, reminiscing about college basketball.

Mar 11, 2015

Libby and Andrew ask Kevin tough questions about his new book, The End of College. Also: the demise of Sweet Briar College and what the Academy Awards say about higher education.

Feb 13, 2015

In the third Higher Ed Happy Hour, Libby, Andrew and Kevin drink high-class bourbon and debate why President Obama bungled 529 reform as well as the thorny question of what colleges should do about sexual assault.

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