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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

    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.

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

    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.

    On April 29, 2021, we hosted a virtual event, “Calling All Brains on Deck: Connecting Higher Education Leaders for Emergent Action” to engage in a conversation with a diverse set of stakeholders from both 2Y and 4Y institutions, service providers, policy makers, foundations and publishers.


    68% of the participants had 20+ years’ experience in higher education and 80% had 10+ years.  And 36% were leaders, 20% were faculty/staff, and 44% were service providers.

     Times have changed so significantly in one year that long-standing processes will need to 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

    The first cohort from “Calling All Brains on Deck” proved to be a community of passionate problem solvers. In last year’s collaborative exchange, stakeholders with very different responsibilities achieved consensus on the following considerations:


    Key Actions to consider might include:


        • The typical college learner in the future might be 17 – 65 instead of 19-25 years of age
        • For the next 20 years, employers predict they will struggle to have a sufficient pool of graduates to select from
        • A typical semester or quarter schedule no longer works for most adult learners
        • Provide the flexible scheduling needed for working adults
        • Persistence from semester to semester is not the only indicator of 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.



    Make your voice heard in this year’s “Calling All Brains on Deck” event. We’ll convene grant seekers/ recipients and grant funders to collaborate and explore how to innovate an expedited funding process that scales best practices

    Calling All Brains on Deck:

    Fast Forward Grant Funding
    to Achieve Scalable Results

    As higher education moves toward a post-pandemic 'new normal,' we look forward to exploring what that might look like for funding innovation at scale.

    In 2020, the Center for American Progress reported an estimated cumulative state budget shortfall of $765 BILLION over the next three years. Your capacity to maximize the best return on investment is more important and urgent than ever before.

    This is a Call to Action

    Join us in a series of three 60 minute online strategic collaboration sessions this semester

    Innovate grant funding processes that scale

    Enable philanthropy to generate impactful return on investment

    Clarify and expand philanthropic resources in support of closing known skills gaps by 2030

    April 7th, 12th and 28th 2022 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST