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Welcome to a podcast for the brightest minds in higher education to hear from the change-makers and rule breakers that are driving meaningful, impactful change for colleges and universities across the country. From improving operations to supporting student success, this is where you’ll hear the stories that will give you, “The Higher Edge”.

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Recent Episodes

March 28, 2023

Engaging Students with Education Policy and Politics

Today’s sociopolitical climate has been drastically influenced by the rise of digital media and 24-hour news sources. Unfortunately, a gradual decline in civics exposure in our classrooms has also contributed to an unsettling polarization in our societ...

March 21, 2023

Data Tells, Stories Sell: How a Community College Leverages Good Works

Any number of socioeconomic roadblocks may prevent underserved college students from fulfilling their higher education dream. As someone with a disadvantaged upbringing himself, Galen Dehay (https://www.linkedin.com/in/galendehay/), President of Tri-Co...

March 07, 2023

The Accidental IT Leader

Some in higher ed assume that colleges and university information technology departments are simply tasked with fixing computer glitches and resetting passwords. But IT does far more than just “keep the lights running.” IT leaders are pioneering innova...

February 28, 2023

Leading Collaborative Change Across Indiana’s Higher Ed Landscape (featuring Chris Lowery)

State commissioners have the exceptional duty of coordinating with public and independent institutions to define public college operations and initiatives that will shape their higher education infrastructure. In this episode, Chris Lowery (https://w...

February 14, 2023

Fight for Your Students: A Provost’s Perspective of the Future (featuring Kara Monroe)

College and university provosts are tasked with a unique mission in higher education. Now called Chief Academic Officers at many institutions, provosts ensure that business-minded school administrations never lose sight of their core purpose: preparing...

February 07, 2023

Expectations of Excellence: Educating Tomorrow’s Culturally-Savvy Leaders (featuring Rochelle Ford)

HBCUs were birthed out of necessity during America’s segregation period, giving black students a place of belonging in higher education. Today, they continue that mission while leading the charge in educating and promoting diverse, global-minded talent...

About the Host

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Brendan Aldrich

Founder, Invoke Learning

A higher education data innovations specialist, Brendan has held roles as the Chief Data Officer for the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, Chief Data Officer of Indiana's statewide community college, Ivy Tech, and Executive Director of Enterprise Information Management for City Colleges of Chicago.

In recent years, his work has been recognized as a top-three finalist in the global 2021 Snowflake Startup Challenge, in the 2018 AWS City-on-a-Cloud "Dream Big" Award category, Gartner's 2017 Data & Analytics Excellence Award for Self-Service Analytics, Hitachi Vantara's 2017 Excellence Award for Social Impact, and Campus Technology Magazine's 2014 Innovators Award for Administrative Systems.