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A few weeks back, I had the great pleasure of reconnecting with Tom Vander Ark, CEO of GettingSmart. Tom is a well-known education catalyst and former Executive Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We recorded a podcast conversation that focused on the challenges facing higher education; the data revolution that is rising in tandem; and the platforms and apps that are already coming students’ way. I made the case that these changes and the supported innovations hold the potential to open up new and improved opportunities to succeed in higher education for low-income and first-generation students. We also explored the potential for new and continuing education innovations like code academies, credential badging, and competency-based education. Finally, we dove in to the leadership skills necessary to bring innovation to impact–i.e., the courage to look, learn, and lead. Visit this GettingSmart Podcast Link to take a listen!