Episode 17: Raj Echambadi

As the Chief Strategy Officer for Noodle, Lee Bradshaw meets – you guessed it – a lot of interesting people in higher ed. In Noodle’s debut podcast, Bradshaw speaks with leaders from every facet of higher education to tease out their stories and learn about how they’re moving and shaking an industry that notoriously values tradition.

This episode features the 10th President of Illinois Tech, Raj Echambadi. Lee and Raj have a wide ranging discussion, touching on everything from the paradox between low acceptance rates and claims of inclusivity, to how to balance educating more people with maintaining high rankings. The two discuss innovative programs at Northeastern and the University of Illinois that President Echambadi was involved in. Raj explains some of his goals at Illinois Tech, including working better with the community, embedding work credentials into programs, and growing their digital catalog of widely available courses.

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