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    Why Do We Exist?

    Create a New Path Forward With Organizational Alignment — at Warp Speed
    Why Do We Exist?
    Incremental improvements to deliver college education won't work going forward.
    The time is NOW for institutions to invent new educational opportunities that are neither place-bound nor time-bound. Together, we can meet future expectations

    Why Change Now?

    Universities have no other option but to explore immediate remedies to create iterative change.


    In 2021, the future of higher education looks uncertain, with mounting student debt and lower enrollments exacerbated by economic shortfalls due to COVID-19. That dreary outlook will prevail for years to come if institutions default to business as usual.  And businesses can already predict high demand for post-secondary education in the workforce by 2030.


    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!


    Challenges associated with Access, Quality and Cost form the ‘Iron Triangle’ of Issues that must be addressed for the future of education to thrive.


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

    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

    The delivery of quality higher education is no longer place-bound nor time-bound

    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
    Most adults will reman in the same profession for most of their career
    For the next 20 years, employers will have a sufficient pool of graduates to select from
    A typical semester or quarter schedule works for most adult learners
    Persistence from semester to semester indicates degree completion

    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.


    The first cohort from “All Brains on Deck: Connecting Higher Education Leaders for Emergent Action” proved to be a community of passionate problem solvers. They were so inspired by thinking and solving problems together that we’re inviting your input to further scale their findings.   We still need to learn fast so we can rebuild fast. 


    You can fill out the form below to access the full report, and/or you can add your own voice to the conversation. 

    Add Your Voice to the Community Response!

    Are you ready to examine some assumptions about higher education? Complete the anonymous exercise below, then view the results to see which assumptions your peers and counterparts across sectors believe should be reexamined. 



    After you’ve clicked “submit” you’ll be taken to the results page. You can access the results page at any time by clicking “Read” in the upper right-hand corner. Click “Refresh” and you will see the results change as new participants add their insight. As a community, we can watch to see if percentages change as the total number of responses grows.


    Don’t forget to invite your colleagues to our website to experience real-time polling 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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