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December 28th 2015:Transformation in Higher Education 2015 in Review

Higher education continues to face many challenges. Protests have increased on campus. Costs continue to rise. Enrollments continue to decline, and substantive change continues to elude much of the academy. In this show, host Dave Goldberg is joined by Mark Somerville of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Big Beacon Radio program assistant Emma Schoenfelner to look back over 2015 in review and to consider trends, hopes, and dreams for 2016. Join Mark, Emma, and Dave for a lively year-end show.

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Emma Schoenfelner

Emma Schoenfelner is program coordinator at Big Beacon and program assistant for Big Beacon Radio and a 2014 graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Television Writing and Producing and minor in Photography. She has worked as an Associate Producer at "Price of Admission", a movie review show on Frequency TV in Chicago, as well as working in Los Angeles for numerous production companies and in casting within the fashion industry. For many years, she has worked in the world of theatre, in both front-of-house and backstage, stateside as well as overseas in Melbourne, Australia. Emma is also a photographer, astrological blogger, and spiritual advisor.
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Mark Somerville

Mark Somerville is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at Olin College where he currently serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development at Olin. In this capacity, he led a complete re-design of Olin’s faculty hiring, faculty development, and faculty reappointment and promotion procedures. Mark is increasingly recognized as a thought leader for the transformation of engineering education. His short courses on educational change and curriculum design are regularly attended by hundreds of faculty from scores of institutions of higher learning around the globe. A Rhodes scholar, Mark received a dual degree in electrical engineering and English from the University o
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