July 11, 2012

Pay For Play: A History of Big-Time College Athletic Reform

Ronald A. Smith, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Sports History, Penn State University

Host: David Inge

Intercollegiate athletics began in the U.S. in the 1850s, but it wasn’t long before people were talking about the need for reform. Penn State historian Ronald Smith says the story of big-time athletic reform is generally one of failure, in large part, because it ignores the one group that has a direct interest in reform--the faculty. We’ll go to the archives for a conversation with Ronald Smith, author of "Pay for Play," a book that explores the history of college athletic reform.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, February 06, 2012, 10 am


June 26, 2012

College Student Mental Health, Current Trends and Research

Ben Locke, Ph.D., Counseling and Clinical Psychology Associate Director, Clinical Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services; The Pennsylvania State University

Host: David Inge

On college campuses all across the country, the mental health of students is a growing concern. But what do we know about the national student population? How many students today experience depression, or anxiety? How many are taking medication? How well do schools respond to their needs? We’ll explore these and other questions with Ben Locke, from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at Penn State University.


June 25, 2012

Higher Education and University of Illinois Issues

Phyllis Wise, Ph.D., Vice President and Chancellor, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge

Our guest will be Phyllis Wise, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She came to Illinois last fall from the University of Washington, and we’ll talk about some of the challenges she has faced in her first year at Illinois.  She will also share her thoughts on some of the major issues in higher education, including rising tuition costs, declining access, and the challenges of meeting the needs of today’s students.


May 31, 2012

Interview with Cokie Roberts

NPR’s Cokie Roberts shares stories about growing up in a political family. She was in Urbana earlier in the month to speak at this year’s commencement ceremony. Before that, she stopped by our studios to talk about some of her experiences in journalism. As it was the day before Mother’s Day, she told some stories about her Mom, who, like her Dad, was a member of Congress. We also talked about some of the important, yet overlooked women in early American politics.

This interview was recorded on May 12, 2012.


May 29, 2012

Sustainable Initiatives and Priorities at the University of Illinois and Parkland College

Growing numbers of people are trying to be conscious of the environmental impact of the way they live, but on college campuses, sustainability has been important for decades. All across the country students and administrators are looking at the carbon footprints of their institutions and making commitments on everything from campus gardens to green buildings. We’ll look at some of the sustainability efforts of two schools very close to us as we talk with Pradeep Khanna, associate chancellor at the University of Illinois, and Seamus Reilly, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Parkland College.


April 09, 2004

Why Undergraduate College Students Leave the Sciences

Guest: Elaine Seymour.

Between 40 and 60 percent of students entering college planning to major in science, math, or engineering end up switching to other majors before graduation. Sociologist Elaine Seymour surveyed hundreds of students in an effort to find out why so many initally motivated undergraduates abandon science and engineering majors early in their college careers. She joins us on Focus today from the University of Colorado to share her findings.

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