Why Higher Education Needs to Be More Future-Focused

April 26, 2016

Why Higher Education Needs to Be More Future-Focused

Steven Mintz / Inside Higher Ed

  • Anyone who thinks that a decade from now higher education will look much as it does today is sadly mistaken. Only a handful of institutions – including Arizona State University, Georgia Tech, and Southern New Hampshire – have embraced strategies that are making a fundamental difference in their business models.
  • Clearly, new educational models are needed. According to Steven Mintz, these models need to be: More outcomes and student success focused, affordable and accessible, better aligned with the needs of the workplace and the complexities of many students’ lives, and more data driven.
Read more: http://bit.ly/HigherEdFutureFocused

Keywords: future of higher education, online education, new business models

Wave 5. Launching the Next Wave in Higher Education

Dr. Michael M. Crow / ASU GSV Summit

  • On his keynote, Dr. Michael M. Crow, President of Arizona State University, presented his insights on global challenges related to educational attainment and the need for a new wave of adaptive and scalable higher education models.
  • Dr. Crow presented the '5 waves' of the evolutionary history of higher education american institutions: the American Greek Academies, the Public Greek Academies, the Land Grants universities, the Modern Research Universities and a fifth wave that is emerging: the Complex Adaptive University, that will not annihilate the others, but rather will evolve in a new kind of university.
Full keynote: http://bit.ly/Wave5MichaelCrowKeynote

Keywords: higher education, universities, online education, future of education, speakers

ASU, GSV and Tim Draper Join Forces for Higher-Ed Accelerator


  • Arizona State University is partnering with two Silicon Valley venture firms to launch a new edtech accelerator. The ASU Draper GSV Accelerator, was announced by ASU president Michael Crow at the ASU+GSV Summit.
  • The accelerator is a new approach that partners a comprehensive research university with leading venture capitalists and investment advisors to source, fund, pilot and credential higher education technology companies.
Read more: http://bit.ly/ASUGSVAccelerator

Keywords: higher education, research, edtech, edtech bussiness, incubators

Innovative Companies Get Their Best Ideas from Academic Research — Here’s How They Do It

Harvard Business Review

  • Since World War II, the U.S. has been an innovation superpower. To account for its success, many point to America’s entrepreneurial culture, but the most important thing driving America’s success has been its unparalleled scientific leadership.
  • The key is that most of America’s scientific research is publicly funded. Take a look at any significant innovation, such as an iPhone, and you’ll find that most of the technology came from some government program. It has been this architecture that has driven America’s technological leadership.
Read more: http://bit.ly/InnovationFromResearch

Keywords: science, research, innovation

Udacity Debuts In China, Launches In-Person Group Tutoring


  • Udacity is opening offices in China starting with more than 100 of its free online courses. The company also announced it is launching its first in-person, instructor-led study sessions for students in its “Nanodegree” programs.
  • Instead of looking to traditional universities as a model, Udacity works closely with companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Github, AT&T and Cloudera to design courses to fill their skills gaps.
Read more: http://bit.ly/UdacityChina

Keywords: online education, MOOCs, nanodegrees

Can AI fix education? We asked Bill Gates

The Verge

  • The rise of smartphones has transformed the way students communicate and entertain themselves. But the classrooms they spend so much of their time in remain stubbornly resistant to transformation and in most schools, the approach to teaching remains stubbornly one-size-fits-all.
  • Bill Gates is working to change all that. Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has invested more than $120 million in a developing field known as "personalized learning."
Read more: http://bit.ly/BillGatesAIinterview

Keywords: education, personalized learning, artificial intelligence, future of education, Bill Gates, interviews

Google’s Plan to Make Sure Its Employees Don’t Leave For Startups is an In-House ‘Start-Up Incubator’


  • Google wants to keep employees who want to start their own company, or join a high flying startup. So the company is creating an “in-house incubator” called 'Area 120' allowing Google employees to develop their startups within the company.
Read more: http://bit.ly/GoogleStartupArea120

Keywords: technology, startups

Science Moves and Shakes Time's Top 100 List

Scientific American

  • This year 14 scientists, engineers and technology developers earned spots on Time magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People. The categories include pioneers, leaders, icons, titans and artists, and most of this year’s names were in the pioneer category. Scientific American looks back on its coverage of these groundbreaking individuals.
Read more: http://bit.ly/ScientistsTimesTop100

Keywords: science, technology, leaders, influential people

What The U.S. Can Learn From The Way Germany Trains Its Workforce


  • Germany boasts a highly skilled industrial labor force, thanks in large part to a system of vocational training that the U.S. abandoned. In Germany, 55% of the youth participate in the "dual education system." In contrast, fewer than 5% of American youth are training as apprentices. This combination of vocational education and apprenticeships, is Germany's key to a steady supply of superbly trained workers.
Read more: http://bit.ly/GermanyDualEducation

Keywords: education, vocational training, future of work, labor force

The Ever-Tightening Job Market for Ph.D.s

The Atlantic

  • The latest NSF report, “The Survey of Earned Doctorates,” finds that many newly minted Ph.D.s complete school after nearly 10 years of studies with significant debt and without the promise of a job. Yet few people seem to be paying attention to these findings; graduate programs are producing more Ph.D.s than ever before. Why do so many people continue to pursue doctorates?
Read more: http://bit.ly/ReportOnPhDs

Keywords: postgraduate education, graduate students, reports

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