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The 14th Dalai Lama, a 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the spiritual leader of Tibet, delivered the keynote address at UC San Diego's 2017 commencement ceremony. His talk centered on the power of compassion and finding happiness in life. He urged the graduates to use their knowledge to better the world in peaceful ways. Recorded on 6/17/2017.

Design thinking -- it's a popular buzzword these days, with companies from IBM to GE using this approach to develop innovative products and reinvigorate their operations. But what exactly is design thinking and why is it playing an increasingly important role in K-12 education? Design thinking, or human-centered design, is all about focusing on the needs of people to ensure that the correct problem is being solved in the most effective way. With critical thinking skills becoming increasingly important in a knowledge-based economy, many educators see design thinking as a way to tap into students' passions while enabling them to solve problems in an ever-more diverse and interconnected world. This panel of experts shares their insight on design thinking and its power to transform classrooms and equip students with 21st century skills vital to success.

Only 60% of undergraduates enrolled in bachelor's programs graduate in six years; fewer that 40% of students in community colleges graduate or transfer in three years. The dropout problem is especially acute for black and Hispanic students, and those from less privileged families. David Kirp addresses what the dimensions of the college dropout scandal are and what can be done to boost graduation rates and reduce the achievement gap. Kirp is a Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy. Recorded on 03/23/2017.

Michael McPherson, President of the Spencer Foundation, looks at technological advances and what that might mean for higher education. Recorded on 04/12/2017.
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