encouragED provides a forum for critically assessing higher education. Through our blog and weekly podcast, we honor the history of American higher education while acknowleding the unanswered questions and troubles of our past. We host conversations about the realities of life on campus and in the classroom today: the ever-evolving needs of students, the increasing pressures—both internal and external—on institutions, and the needs to balance facutly and staff empowerment with institutional progress. Perhaps most importantly, we look forward and attempt to forsee the future trajectory of our efforts and mitigate against potential threats. We pose provocative questions; we ponder courageous answers.