The Future of Education: How For-Profit Businesses Will Reshape Education

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Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
June 16, 2015
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The Future of Education: How For-Profit Businesses Will Reshape Education
Wise Ed Review
  • For many, for-profit business in education is inappropriate or is a threat. But I believe, they are here to stay, and their influence will help. Why? Because the formal system has had trouble innovating and changing.  
  • Also, because there is a desire for innovation and alternative forms of education, such as skill certification, digital learning tools, hands-on experiential learning, new educational philosophies, and new ways to address different learning styles.
  • For-profit education businesses will disrupt and drive change and innovation in the educational system at all levels. At least part of the 2025 educational system will be in the hands of for-profit businesses.
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Keywords: higher education, for-profit, future of education
Stanford University President John L. Hennessy to Step Down in 2016
Stanford News
  • President John L. Hennessy announced that he plans to step down as Stanford University's 10th president after serving in major academic leadership roles at Stanford for more than two decades.
  • Hennessy informed both the Board of Trustees and the Faculty Senate of his decision to depart his post in summer 2016. "The time has come to return to what brought me to Stanford – teaching and research [...]"  Hennessy said. 
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Keywords: higher education, leadership, Stanford, leaders
Innovation Starts with the Heart, Not the Head
Harvard Business Review
  • I recently got a call from a CEO of Lakeland Health. He knew I was a fan of passion-fueled innovation and thought he had a story I’d find inspiring. How, the CEO wondered, could Lakeland reinvent the experience of healthcare for its patients?
  • After a few weeks of reflection the CEO thought he had a plan. What would happen, he wondered, if Lakeland’s associates brought their hearts to work, as well as their professional skills? With this thought in mind, he asked his team to rent cinemas in three cities and sent around a schedule of more than 20 kick-off events. The theme, plastered on posters at each venue, was “Bring Your Heart To Work.”
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Keywords: innovation, leadership
Creating Innovation Leadership
Educause Review
  • Like "cloud" and "adaptive" before it, "innovation" has taken over as the cure-all buzzword for IT departments or technology-centered companies across the country. And if we thought "adaptive" was poorly defined, "innovation" is an even more slippery term. That is why the innovation leader's role requires an entrepreneurial attitude with a healthy amount of pragmatism, expectation setting, optimism, and, above all else, communication. 
  • Education needs big thinkers and doers who have courage, and it's likely that what eventually gets called "the great education innovation" will really be the aggregate of a lot of smaller innovative ideas that a lot of people tested and tried and implemented to move the industry forward. 
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Keywords: innovation, leadership, education
Exclusive Interview: Robert Reich on the War Against Teachers and Public Education
Capital & Main
  • Former U.S. Labor Secretary, prolific writer and longtime University of California, Berkeley professor, Robert Reich isn’t thrilled about how we are educating our kids. Reich recently released a video that described our education system as “squashing passion for learning, eroding the love of teaching and grinding up generations of young people.”
  • The critique is accompanied by a set of proposals to reinvent American education – one of 10 planks in a broader agenda titled “10 Ideas to Save the Economy.” Capital & Main spoke with Reich about his views on how the country has failed its kids, and what it must do to right the ship.  
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Keywords: education, economy, future of education
While U.S Struggles, Sweden Pushes Older Students Back to College
The Hechinger Report
  • A larger percentage of people go to college here who are older than the traditional age than in any other member country of the OECD. Fully a quarter of people graduating college in Sweden do so when they’re 25 or older, the OECD reports. Yet unlike countries such as Sweden, the U.S. offers few supports for adults 25 and older who want to go back to school.
  • "We’re facing a shortage of skilled workers, and we know we can’t fill it by just more young people graduating. That’s going to be part of the solution but it isn’t going to solve the problem,” said Pamela Tate, president and CEO of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. “It’s not going to happen without adults.”
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Keywords: higher education, non-traditional students, skilled workers
The $400-Million Question
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • When John A. Paulson gave $400 million to Harvard University, many people complained that he hadn’t picked the neediest recipient for his largess. That amount would be truly transformational in other areas of higher education. So, what could the rest of higher education do with a gift as large as the one pledged last week to Harvard?
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Keywords: higher education, administration, Harvard
If I Were V-C For a Day...
Times Higher Education
  • We asked five academics to set out what they would do if they were made vice-chancellors for the day. From tackling pay to decrees on sleep and email curfews, find out what these five scholars would do to improve the academy in 24 hours. 
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Keywords: higher education, leadership, academia
Denmark Pushes to Make University Students Graduate On Time
The Hechinger Report
  • Like the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, and other countries, and a growing chorus of advocacy groups in the United States, Denmark is pushing to rein in the spiraling cost of higher education by pushing students to finish when they’re supposed to. Danish students take an average of 6.1 years apiece to finish combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees, which the government says should take five years. 
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Keywords: higher education, government policy
7 Seriously Bad Ideas That Rule Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed
  • Quality education can be scaled; faculty are impediments to innovation in Higher Education; and U.S. Higher Education is in crisis are some of the bad ideas that are ruling Higher Education. 
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Keywords: higher education
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