Friday, October 4, 2013

Episode 6: Remediation

Join Jack and co-host Sarrah in discussing remediation in college and how to avoid it.

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Friday, September 27, 2013


No show this week for See Jack Learn.  Sickness has overtaken the Grubb household and an hour show full of sniffling and hacking does not make for compelling conversation.  Check back next Thursday!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Episode 5: Interview with an expert p2

Part 2 of my interview with college access expert Derek Price.  In today's conversation we discuss:
  • The differences between 2-year, 4-year and technical school
  • Why you may want to look at colleges in your state
  • Things to think about before you make your college choice
  • Introduction in student loans and repayment plans like income based repayment
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Episode 4: Interview with an expert part 1

Interview with Derek Price about the different types of college available to different people.  Derek has a unique viewpoint on your college journey that you do not want to miss.

Show notes:
  • Meet Derek Price, principal owner of DVD-Praxis and previous director of higher education research at Lumina Foundation for Education.
  • We look at tuition prices at 4-year universities (College cost worksheet coming soon)
  • Derek mentions the potential dangers of 529 plans, as described by the Lumina Foundation

Part 2 will be up on Thursday, September 19.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Episode 2: When to start thinking about college

Join host Jack Grubb and special co-host Sarrah Grubb as they discuss the optimal time to start planning for college.

Highlights include:
  • Meeting Sarrah and reviewing the mission of See Jack Learn
  • More information of the "Pay it Forward, Pay it Back" initiative in Oregon (
  • How college classes encourage cheating (
    • Books mentioned: Drive by Daniel Pink, Switched by Dan and Chip Heath, and The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty by Dan Ariely
  • Mistakes made in college applications (
  • When should you start thinking about college
    • For students
    • For parents
    • For mentors
Our next episode will be with Derek Price, esteemed college access advocate. Look for it on Sept. 12.

Thank you for listening!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

We're back

It looks like the summer took a toll on us at See Jack Learn.  Three different job changes, a new baby, and a broken microphone can't keep Deb and Jack down.  We're coming back with new shows, surprise co-hosts, and all the college planning goodness that you deserve.  Check in every Thursday starting September 5th for more See Jack Learn.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Episode 1: If I only knew

in today's episode, Jack learns about unsanitary beer pong, classes about pornography, and the issue of women's colleges going co-ed. We also meet Deb and talk about the mistakes we made during our college planning days and Freshman year in higher education.

NOTE: after the half-way point, Debs microphone started to get static.  Basically, don't put a cell phone by a mic cord, they don't play nicely together.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Been getting a few emails asking when the next podcast episode will air and if we will have a regular schedule.  The short answers are: April 24th and every Wednesday.

Why the delay?

First, getting the cast together with such a wide range of ages has been challenging to say the least.  I've made the executive decision, also, to have essentially two separate casts -- one student cast and one adult cast.  Each will have the same format, and each will tackle topics on college planning and surviving the transition between high school and higher education.  Juggling multiple Skype lines and studio mics is just too technical for me right now, so two separate casts.  Plus, the students might be intimidated to speak freely in front of adults they don't know.

Second, I need to upgrade my equipment.  I'm looking at two mics and a mixer, which I'm buying this week.

Third, I want to give Episode #0 another week to percolate. I received my first e-mails this weekend, and think another week will continue to stir interest.

So until next time...

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Episode 0: pre-reamble

Here is a re-post of the inaugural episode of See Jack Learn, the podcast about college planning and surviving the gap between high school and higher education.  In Episode 0: the pre-ramble, you will learn about why I started this podcast and how it differentiates from anything else that relates to college planning.  Being a former head of a college access center in Ohio, I give my philosophy about
defining college readiness and how you can be prepared socially, financially and academically for life after high school.

I spout statistics about college attendance and retention, and why women will soon rule the world.  I also talk about a house bill in Oregon proposes that students get to attend college for free and then "Pay it Forward".

Finally, I define the concepts that will be commonly referred to future podcasts, and what the terms Social, Academic, and Financial mean.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

T minus 6 days until showtime

Only six days left until the inaugural episode of See Jack Learn. Listen to the podcast about college and surviving the transition between high school and higher education. Available on your favorite podcast service.