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    Why is a New Model Needed?

    Traditional models of higher education cannot meet the critical learning opportunities needed by our growing population of people needing upskilling or reskilling
    Why Do We Exist?
    Building out institutional capabilities for future innovation requires a new revenue formula for fiscal sustainability
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    Why Change Now?

    • State support of public higher education is declining while net tuition growth is questionable
    • Public opinion about the future of higher education looks uncertain, with mounting student debt and lower enrollments exacerbated by COVID-19
    • Businesses predict high demand for post-secondary education in the workforce by 2030
    • Most importantly, the expectations of adult learners of all ages has increased exponentially. DIY learning is no longer place-bound nor time-bound.

    The context or current day thinking about educational attainment Beyond 2021 is evolving exponentially.

     

    On April 29, 2021, we hosted a virtual event, “All Brains on Deck: Connecting Higher Education Leaders for Emergent Action” to engage with a diverse set of stakeholders from Higher Education.  See some of the results in the graph below.

    During the session we asked participants to examine some of the long-held assumptions in higher education and decide if those assumptions needed to continue, stop, or be modified in today’s learning environment.

     

    It appears that there is consensus that long-standing assumptions about who and how we serve learners post high school has Changed!

     

    Buyers of post high school education are thinking in a different context.

     

    • In March, 2020, educators showed the world their passion to serve learners in the face of uncertainty
    • The late Clayton M. Christensen’s work on ‘Disruptive Innovation’ now has two decades of devotees ready to meet these challenges
    • Individuals and their employer need to advance their human capital, upgrade proficiency for a new job, enter never-heard- of-before professions – all to adjust to our new reality.
     

    Times have changed so significantly in one year that long-standing processes will evolve with the times at a much faster pace than in years past.

     

    The rate of change in rural Idaho may not equal the rate of change in a major metropolitan location such as Philadelphia.  Hence, some assumptions such as the age of a typical learner enrolling in a college course may hold accurate for several more years in certain regions

    Percentage of event participants who recommended
    STOPPING or MODIFYING the assumption


    The typical college learner in the future is between 19-25 years of age
    100%
    Most adults will reman in the same profession for most of their career
    96%
    For the next 20 years, employers will have a sufficient pool of graduates to select from
    95%
    A typical semester or quarter schedule works for most adult learners
    91%
    Persistence from semester to semester indicates degree completion
    64%

    As an industry, our strong suit is to “talk about” the looming changes upon us.  What’s Missing is taking “concerted actions” towards new process design of what works.

     

    Key Actions might include:

     

        • Serving a broader age group of college learners
        • Provide continuous learning that is needed for the average adult pursuing multiple careers
        • Fulfilling our workforce needs for a greater number of workers with advanced skills beyond high school
        • Provide the flexible scheduling needed for working adults
        • Accommodate new pathways or extended durations to advance skills. Some learners will have intervals or breaks scattered throughout their pursuit of more education.

     

    We still need to learn fast, so we can re-build fast.  The first cohort from All Brains on Deck proved to be a community of passionate problem solvers.  They were so inspired by thinking and solving problems together that they wanted to scale their findings. 

    You can fill out the form below to access the full report

    LOOKING FOR THE FULL EVENT RESULTS?

    Access the complete report from the first cohort here

    If you were not able to participate in “All Brains on Deck: Connecting Higher Education Leaders for Emergent Action” on April 29th, you can still access the full event report here. Fill out the form below for instant access to the report that summarizes the fruits of their labor. We think you’ll find some gems for your own problem solving

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