When most of us think of disruption in our institutions, we think of turnover, upheaval, cuts, a future state in which change to the status quo has the potential to negatively impact the team. Our guest this week has a different perspective.
Plymouth State University is making a dramatic shift, moving from a traditional university structure to a cluster-based model, which will give students a new combination of education and engaged scholarship necessary to compete successfully in an increasingly complex and demanding world.
Bentley President Gloria Larson is back this week to continue our conversation on hybrid learning, the work she and her team are leading at Bentley, and lessons from her book, Prepared U: How Innovative Colleges Drive Student Success.
Bentley University President Gloria Larson returns to Navigating Change this week to share the story of her new book, Prepared U: How Innovative Colleges Drive Student Success. The book tells the story of our changing marketplace and asks some hard questions for institutions. At its core, how well are we pivoting to provide an education that meets the needs of a new kind of student, one who is prepared to enter the world with skills and sensibilities to engage in the global marketplace? And what does this mean for a new kind of teaching we need to embrace to meet this emerging student?
“How you go to college is more important than where you go to school,” says President Larson. “Employers want both hit-the-ground-running skill sets and very strong lifelong-learning capabilities.” In the book — and her work at Bentley University — Larson demonstrates the changes required for institutions to deliver both the hard skills and soft, and help cultivate graduates ready for the challenges ahead.
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This week on the show, Howard Teibel leads us through a conversation about building this new muscle. You’ll have a better understanding of what it means to engage your community, what it means to work through problems collaboratively, and how to send the message throughout the enterprise that you truly care about what they believe are the most important issues you face together.
This week, we bring you part two of our conversation with Grant Lichtman, author of Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education. In today’s show, Howard and Grant explore important questions for our K-12 and higher education leaders.
This week on the show Howard Teibel sits down again with University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman. Her stories today serve as milestones in the journey of change leadership and examples of the pivot in leadership that comes with a shift in perspective.
Dr. Daniel Greenstein serves as director of Education, Postsecondary Success in the United States Program, for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In our conversation this week, Dr. Greenstein takes us on a journey of student success, and presents powerful factors in sustainable financial success of our institutions. This is a conversation about innovation, disruption, and engaging in an effort to take on bold ideas in support of our own future as educators.
This week on the show, founder and principal of rpkGROUP, Rick Staisloff, joins Howard Teibel for a conversation on leadership from the outside in. As seasoned consultants to higher education, the two address how to affect the way leadership sees themselves, the contingencies forcing change.
“The biggest mistake we make is that we think the best subject matter experts will be the best teachers,” says our guest, Elliott Masie. He’s head of the Masie Center, a think tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge in the workforce and he leads the Learning Consortium of over 200 global organizations cooperating on the evolution of learning strategies. This is how our conversation begins today, but certainly not where it ends.
You never know where good ideas are going to come from. We take it as axiomatic that inspiration comes from synchronicity, and too often we leave it at that, relegating the best ideas to the whimsy of luck.
This week on the show we’re challenging this commonly held wisdom thanks to our work with key partner, University of Colorado, in developing a process to cultivate synchronicity, to bring the right people together, and drive a change in culture that celebrates the incubation of great ideas.
Howard Teibel recently sat down with noted educator and prolific writer Dr. Bill Massy talk about our changing perception of universities as complex human systems. The advanced modeling work that Dr. Massy has created over his distinguished career has helped institutions around the world to better understand pedagogical performance improvement and the relationship of that work to administration and leadership through sound operational models.
Dr. Lori Bergen is founding dean of the College of Media, Communication and Information at University of Colorado. A veteran journalist turned academic, she’s president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and serves on the national advisory board of the Poynter Institute. Prior to CU, she served as dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.
Dr. Bergen joins us this week to share the story of University of Colorado’s new college, one of program change, discontinuation, merger, and the challenges that come of progress at a time of concern in our field. CU’s CMCI is truly a story of innovation and growth in higher education and serves as a terrific role model.
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Our guest today is passionate about education. That, of course, could be said of any of us working in institutions across the country. Amy Laitinen doesn’t exercise her passion for education in the classroom, however. She fights for quality and transparency in Washington as director for Higher Education at New America.
Today on the show, Amy joins us to share her perspective on policy in higher ed, and the role of policy in fostering innovation and quality. There’s a gap, to be sure, and today we’ll discuss the complex competing factors that impact our ability to close it in our administrative conversations.
About Amy Laitinen
Amy Laitinen serves as director for higher education at New America. She’s served as a policy advisor on higher education at both the U.S. Department of Education and the White House. She was named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one top ten innovators of 2013 for her work on federal policy and competency-based education. Today, her efforts are focused on crafting federal policies to increase quality and transparency in higher education.
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How do we transform our institutions and learning models to meet the needs of tomorrow’s students? What does “student success” mean to the academic mission of tomorrow’s institutions? How do we better adapt the college experience to address complexity and transparency? José Bowen currently serves as the 11th president of Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and he joins us on the show today to help map the winding road toward student success. Along the way we learn a deceivingly valuable lesson of music: count on modulation and improvisation as a versatile leadership mentality.
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Our conversation today serves as both a preview of Howard's upcoming feature in NACUBO Business Officer Magazine, and a roadmap of three key concepts that will help you and your administrative and academic units to approach shared governance with a keen eye on the objectives you seek to achieve.
This week we have the first in our live podcasts coming to you from the Western Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Conference in San Francisco. Howard Teibel is joined by the current regional association presidents in which they share their valuable insights in innovation, change, service, and the state of education in their regions.
The President's Roundtable Guests
Thanks to all our guests for taking part in this wide-ranging conversation at the live event, and the WACUBO Annual Conference in San Francisco.
Photo courtesy Helen Norris, Chapman University
At this year’s EACUBO Annual Workshop in Boston, Howard Teibel shared the stage with Bentley University President Gloria Larson in a conversation titled Building and Supporting your Leadership Team that centered on how leadership teams communicate their shared vision for success across the institution. This week, we have a follow-up conversation between President Larson and Howard Teibel in which they share their observations and reflections.
This week on Navigating Change, Bryan Alexander joins us to address a question that eludes the most talented academic strategists: how do you transform academic structures and programs without diminishing the mission?
This week on Navigating Change, we're talking about the 2-year to 4-year transfer system and the increasing impact on the 4-year colleges, and an increased sense of ownership by these schools that this is not a “Community College Problem” alone.