Initial Notes from Dr. Lee Lambert's Opening Welcome on Monday morning. Love to diver deeper into this wake up call for higher ed.
Salt and education
Three insights from salt and it's connection to Salt
1. Importance drives need
The increase importance of salt drove new discoveries for access to it. Same is true for education. It's growing importance has led to new ways to provide greater access to it. Waterways vs. information superhighway.
2. If your service or product can be reduced to a lowest common denominator consistent with its importance then the more vulnerable you are to disruption.
Salt available on every table. Education can be reduced to a common set of courses that everyone needs. The more I can increase my sale and spread the cost across the volume.
3. A place exist for service providers who can distinguish themselves and add value that is distinct whether or real or perceived as way to support higher cost.
Barriers to Change: Innovations in Higher Education
From a Recent Chronicle article by Ann Kirschner, Dean of CUNY, honors college
How many academics does it take to change a light bulb?
Change? Change? Who said anything about Change?
She cites to the work of Mark Taylor, a philosopher of religion at Columbia University, in which he argues, "until colleges accept the need to change, they have little incentive to overcome their natural inclination to stay the same. "
The NY times recently reported that between 1998 to 2008' enrollments in public and private universities went up less than 25 percent. Enrollment in for profit colleges went up 236 percent.
Technology is redefining the play field. She argues that what is needed ia a broad minded strategy that embraces technology and learning at all levels. She goes on to write, no discussion of change should omit international study as a key component...we need to connect more students to a meaningful global experience. Only 14 percent of students study abroad.
Close with President Obama, " So let me put colleges and universities on notice, if you can't stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down."