What it takes for an institution to reinvent itself?: Fostering an innovative Higher Ed culture

August 9, 2016

Above the Noise: The Higher Education Highway (Part 2)

The EvoLLLution

  • This is the second installment in a three-part series by Kenneth Hartman, Past President of Drexel University Online, exploring what it takes for an institution to reinvent itself for long-term stability in today’s postsecondary marketplace. In the first installment, Hartman outlined the first of the three key ingredients to the Way: People. In this second installment he explores the second: Product.

The Innovation Campus: Building Better Ideas

The New York Times

  • Can architecture spur creativity? Universities are investing millions in big, high-tech buildings in the hope of evoking big, high-tech thinking. The rationales for these buildings are varied: Employers are dissatisfied with graduates’ preparation, students are unhappy with outdated teaching methods, and colleges want to attract students with scalable ideas. Take a look at the universities, both public (Wichita State, University of Utah, University of Iowa) and private (Cornell, Northwestern, Stanford), that have opened or are planning such facilities.

6 Things Science Says Kids Need To Succeed In Education And Business


  • In the book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek ask what it would take to help all children be happy, healthy, and to have everything they need to succeed in education and business. They provide a science-based framework known as “the 6Cs”—collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creativity, and confidence. The “key skills that will help all children become the thinkers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow."

Accepting Risk and Rejecting the Status Quo: Fostering an Innovative Higher Ed Culture

The EvoLLLution

  • An innovative culture at a higher education institution starts with a leader willing to challenge the status quo, an organizational respect for failure, and a willingness to integrate new ideas. In this interview, David Collis, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University, reflects on a few of the lessons and roadblocks that face innovation in the corporate world and shares his thoughts on how these ideas can inspire leaders across the postsecondary space.

Scientific Secrets To Keep Kids In College


  • To be human is to be constantly at war between our lofty goals and our immediate impulses. Unfortunately, that tendency is one factor that can stop people from completing their education. A nonprofit called Ideas42 wants to change all that — not by the typical means, with money or mentors, but by closing the gaps between students' intentions and their actions. Ideas42 uses psychology to help more students maximize aid and finish their degrees. The approach seems to be working.

Has New Hampshire Found the Secret to Online Education that Works?

The Hechinger Report

  • Virtual schools promise flexibility and a universe of learning just keystrokes away. But the secret to New Hampshire’s self-paced Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) success may be that it does things differently from most virtual schools: It puts a focus on building strong student-teacher relationships. It breaks up traditional courses into specific “competencies,” that students master through a personalized blend of traditional lesson plans, offline projects and real-world experiences.

DeMillo on MOOCs and College Affordability

Campus Technology

  • Technology has the potential to solve the affordability and access problem in higher education, according to the author of Revolution in Higher Education, Richard DeMillo. The author and director of Georgia Tech's Center for 21st Century Universities spends a lot of time thinking about the past, the present, and especially the future of education. In order to be sustainable, universities must find new ways to deliver education, says DeMillo. In particular, he believes massive open online courses will be a key part of the transformation.

The Gig Economy is Making Waves in Education

Education DIVE

  • According to a recent report, thanks largely to the rise in virtual schools, the education sector is one of the top-five industries with high demand for freelance laborers. And as the bootcamp and stackable credential industries take off, there is a growing market for on-demand tutoring to enhance the skillsets of those already in the workforce. Why go back to school for four years of college when a year of tutoring while you’re working will give you the competencies to apply for a higher-level job?

Universities are Tracking Their Students. Is it Clever or Creepy?

The Guardian

  • Learning analytics are becoming increasingly popular for improving learning and many universities are using this data to cut drop-out rates. But the next frontier for learning analytics is feelings. Research is already probing the role of emotions in a student’s university experience, and analysts are developing theories about how this “emotional data” can be captured. Such techniques look set to become an integral part of university life in the future, but critics question the impact on privacy.

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