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About wpengine

This is the "wpengine" admin user that our staff uses to gain access to your admin area to provide support and troubleshooting. It can only be accessed by a button in our secure log that auto generates a password and dumps that password after the staff member has logged in. We have taken extreme measures to ensure that our own user is not going to be misused to harm any of our clients sites.

Reinventing college for a new kind of student

Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to pay for it. Demographers say all future growth will be among people of color, most of them low-income.

Guest: Jon McGee, Vice President for Planning and Public Affairs at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota.

Is school funding fair?

Even though public schools are supposed to provide free education to anyone who enrolls, their quality can vary from state to state, district to district, and even neighborhood to neighborhood. A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of money to spend per pupil, while others don’t, and what to do about it.

Guest: Bruce Baker, Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Who Needs College?

In May Stephen Smith was invited to be on a panel in Minneapolis that focused on the value of higher education. The panel answered questions such as: Who needs college? Is the popular notion of what skills are needed for the future outdated?

Features excerpts from the most recent Policy and a Pint event.

Unionizing Adjuncts

A growing number of adjunct faculty at colleges and universities across the country are voting to unionize. Data from the Department of Education show a tremendous move toward using these so-called contingent teachers in all types of post-secondary institutions over the last 40 years.

Guest: Swati Avasthi, Author and creative writing instructor at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Inside the Common Core: Math

The second of a series on what’s inside the Common Core State Standards. Last week we heard about the English Language Arts and Literacy portion; this week we talk to one of the lead authors of the standards for mathematics.

Guest: Jason Zimba, Founding Partner, Student Achievement Partners, and one of the lead authors of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Inside the Common Core: ELA

What do children need to know in school to be prepared for the future? That’s the question that drives a new set of national learning standards called the Common Core.This week: inside the standards for English Language Arts/Literacy.

Guest: Susan Pimentel, Founding Partner, Student Achievement Partners, and one of the lead authors of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy.

Military-Friendly Campuses

Members of the military and their spouses face more challenges than traditional students when it comes to getting a college degree. Their studies are often interrupted by deployments, transfer among bases, or because they can’t attend college full-time. A new network aims to help.

Guest: Donna Ekal, Associate Provost of Undergraduate Studies, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Is Coding Fundamental?

Next fall, dozens of school districts nationwide will offer new computer coding classes. Advocates say computer programming is a fundamental kind of literacy, but critics argue the movement is a power play by tech companies who want schools to invest in their products.

Guest: Mona Akmal, a Director of Product for

Sexual Assault on Campus

This spring, the Obama administration announced it was joining the effort to hold colleges and universities more accountable for sexual assaults on campus. We talk to a survivor and activist who filed a complaint against Yale when she was an undergraduate there in 2011.

Guest: Alexandra Brodsky, a founder of Know Your IX, and an editor of