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This fast-paced show drops listeners into a compelling conversation about higher education. In Your Element asks innovative leaders about the challenges, wins, and future of everything from meeting enrollment numbers to equity in education.

In this episode of In Your Element, host Eric Stoller is joined by Ray Lutzky, Director of the Academic Network at InStride and Adjunct Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Together, Eric and Ray discuss the growing sector of employer-funded educational partnerships and other topics such as:

  • The future of corporate partnerships with universities across the country
  • The challenges institutions are facing as more and more students focus on career advancement
  • What is the value of a traditional degree in this career-focused environment?
  • How can colleges continue to maximize online learning to better serve students post-pandemic?
  • The ongoing digital transformation in enrollment and marketing offices across campuses

About the Podcast

Eric Stoller


Eric Stoller

Eric Stoller is the former Vice President of Product Strategy at Element451—an advanced student engagement CRM available, providing higher ed institutions with a competitive admissions advantage from recruitment to enrollment. You may know Eric from his articles on Inside Higher Ed, speaking engagements, or consulting work around digital engagement. He’s always loved doing marketing and public relations but never wanted to work for an agency. However, Eric’s experiences in student development services at the University of Illinois Chicago and enrollment management + academic advising at Oregon State University cemented his interest in the intersection of technology, student success, and digital engagement. Eric has an associate degree from Indian Hills Community College, a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Oregon State University, and an honorary doctorate in coffee drinking.

Ray Lutzky


Ray Lutzky

Raymond A. Lutzky, Ph.D. leads relationships with colleges, universities and education across InStride global Academic Network. He has more than 18 years of experience in higher education, technology, and public communications. Previously, Ray held enrollment leadership roles at Cornell University, New York University, Pace University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, overseeing undergraduate and graduate admissions, global recruitment, financial aid, and marketing. Ray is also an adjunct faculty member at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where he teaches digital media graduate courses. Ray has served on the Board of Directors for multiple nonprofit organizations including NAGAP, the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management and the Colorado Business Council. Ray holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer, a master’s degree in Public Relations from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and a master’s in Digital Audience Strategy from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University, among other credentials. He currently resides in Los Angeles (more at

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All things higher ed from application to graduation and beyond.

In Your Element host Eric Stoller from Element451 asks innovative leaders about the challenges, wins, and future of everything from meeting enrollment numbers to equity in education. His five-question format gets to the heart of what’s happening in each guest’s corner of higher education. The unifying theme: how do we all rally around students’ needs to help them succeed?

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