Higher Education in Focus

Penn State President Eric Barron hosts the half-hour talk show, which centers on key topics in higher education. Each episode ends with Penn State senior Lauren Doyle interviewing the president about issues of concern to students.  Doyle is a reporter with the student-run news program, The Centre County Report, and is double-majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Theatre, with a concentration in Dance.

Recent Episodes

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests on the set of higher education in focus

Evaluating Mental Health on Campus

Posted on April 21, 2016

The number of students seeking assistance through Penn State’s Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS, has increased 32 percent in the past five years. Penn State President Eric Barron and guests discuss mental health on campus. Continue »

 

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Exploring Education Abroad

Posted on March 31, 2016

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs, and Karan Sandhu and Nicole Bernstein, both Penn State students whom have studied abroad, discuss the benefits of international experiences. Continue »

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Eric Baron and guests on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Serving Student Veterans Part II

Posted on February 25, 2016

President Barron continues the discussion on serving student veterans with two representatives from the Office of Veterans Programs: Brian Clark, director of the Office and Renee Thornton-Roop, a counselor and chair of the Military and Veteran Support Services Committee. Continue »

 

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Serving Student Veterans

Posted on January 21, 2016

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests discuss what the University can do to address the unique challenges veteran and active-duty military students face. Continue »

 

Sandy Barbour, Scott Radecic, and Eric Baron on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Tackling the Athletics Master Plan

Posted on December 17, 2015

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests Sandy Barbour, Penn State director of athletics, and Scott Radecic, senior principal at the architectural firm Populous, discuss what you need to know about Penn State Athletics’ facilities master plan. Continue »

 

Jonathan Alger and Timothy Sands with Eric Barron on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Engaged Scholarship

Posted on October 12, 2015

Join Penn State President Eric Barron and guests Jonathan Alger, president of James Madison University, and Timothy Sands, president of Virginia Tech, as they discuss how this so-called Engaged Scholarship is evolving. Continue »

 

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Discover the Arts at Penn State

Posted on September 24, 2015

Penn State offers hundreds of musical and theatre performances, visual arts exhibitions and related events each year. Join Penn State President Eric Barron and guests as they discuss what makes Penn State one of the major cultural centers between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Continue »

 

Governor Tom with speaking with Penn State President Eric Barron

Governor Tom Wolf

Posted on May 21, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joins Penn State President Eric J. Barron from the state capitol in this special edition. Continue »

 

Matt Brezina and Chris Fanini with host Eric Barron and Patty Satalia on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Student Entrepreneurship, Part 3

Posted on April 23, 2015

Penn State President Eric Barron and WPSU's Patty Satalia talk to a pair of Penn State alumni and entrepreneurs, Matt Brezina and Chris Fanini, about their successes and the Penn State Summer Founders Program. Continue »

 

Patty Satalia and Eric Barron on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Student Entrepreneurship, Part 2

Posted on March 19, 2015

WPSU's Patty Satalia talks one-on-one with Penn State President Eric Barron about converting Penn State research and innovation into an economic engine for the state. Continue »

 

Steve Sheetz, Loretta Zeth, Eric Baron and Patty Satalia on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Student Entrepreneurship

Posted on February 19, 2015

Join Patty Satalia, Penn State President Eric Barron and guests Steve Sheetz, chairman of the Sheetz Family Council, and Loretta Zeth, Penn State Altoona Business Student, as they talk about a new initiative called Invent Penn State, aimed at bolstering the state’s economy and promoting student career success. Continue »

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Renata S. Engel and David Christiansen with Eric Baron and Patty Satalia on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Making Education Accessible

Posted on January 15, 2015

Eric Barron and Patty Satalia talk to Renata S. Engel, associate vice provost for Online Programs, and David Christiansen, associate vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and senior dean for academic programs, about transforming education and access. Continue »

 

Set of Higher Ed in Focus featuring Penn State's Lunar Lion Team

Lunar Lion Team

Posted on November 20, 2014

Eric Barron and Patty Satalia talk to undergraduate students Gretchen Buttorff and Liam K. Neigh, members of Penn State's Lunar Lion Team. Continue »

 

Patty Satalia, Eric Baron and Sandy Barbour on the set of HIgher Education in Focus

Penn State Athletics

Posted on September 27, 2014

On the premiere episode of “Higher Education in Focus,” Penn State President Eric Barron and WPSU's Patty Satalia talk to Sandy Barbour, Penn State's new athletic director. Continue »