ECC President Discusses Higher ED Post Pandemic

ECC President Discusses Higher ED Post Pandemic

March 17, 2021 |

East Central College President Dr. Jon Bauer recently sat down with a host of an education podcast to discuss the landscape of community colleges post-COVID 19.

The EdUp Experience podcast interview was released last week, and Dr. Bauer was interviewed by Dr. Joe Sallustio on a range of topics, including changes to distance education, the college’s role in social justice, and the future of higher education.

The podcast is titled “The Digital Divide and Rural Electrification” and it can be found at

During the interview, Dr. Bauer noted that we have come upon the year mark of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is time for community colleges to “reset.”

“We will go back to something — I don’t think we will go back to where we were a year ago,” he said. “A lot of these changes, in one way or another, will persist.”

Dr. Bauer also stated that leadership at ECC is no longer planning weeks and months ahead — which was necessary during the earlier stages of the pandemic — but instead shifting focus to longer-range goals.

“We begin thinking now, ‘how do we use these resources to have the most lasting impact?’ We’re thinking past the horizon,” he said.

The EdUp Experience podcast is a resource to stay updated with education and higher education with guests ranging from university presidents to venture capitalists, to entrepreneurs.

Higher Education is changing rapidly and the thoughts, ideas, and insights from today’s brightest and most influential educational minds from across the globe are presented during The EdUp Experience podcast.

The goal of the podcast is, “to inspire and educate people to pursue a life-long learning mindset no matter the path they choose.”

In addition to Dr. Sallustio, Elizabeth Leiba and Elvin Freytes also host the show.