What I learned from The Innovative University, Part 3: Relevance to professional and continuing education

My 3rd of 3 posts on The Innovative University: most continuing and professional education divisions within universities already practice many elements of the “disruptive model” of higher education described by authors Christensen and Eyring: Some of these include:

  • Full year-round operation
  • Modular programs that build upon each other
  • Online courses and degrees
  • Higher compensation and term contracts for faculty
  • Broader definition of faculty scholarship and teaching emphasis
  • Metrics related to desired outcomes (e.g. graduation rates, cost per student)
  • Increased enrollments and access
  • Reduced campus amenities
  • Lower cost

Some additional components of innovative DNA among continuing and professional education divisions include:

    • Variety of programs, including non-degree certificates
    • High access/open enrollment
    • Financial accountability and transparency due to high degree of financial self-support
    • Relevance and connection to regional workforce needs
    • Innovation in terms of program, format and business processes
    • Partnering and outsourcing expertise
    • Faculty development
    • Agility

There’s a lot that continuing and professional higher education leaders can contribute to a conversation about such “disruptive” ideas as accountability, quality, access, relevance, and affordability in higher education. I hope they are brought to the table.

Or seen another way, given that the continuing and professional education  units have integrated these practices all along, the practices may not be quite as disruptive as initially thought. Some part of higher education have been incorporating these practices all along.

 
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One response to “What I learned from The Innovative University, Part 3: Relevance to professional and continuing education

  1. Hi Lindsey,
    I’m not accepting guest blogs at this point, but please leave an extended comment. I am interested in your thoughts. I will approve it to post to my blog.
    Thanks for your interest,
    Cathy

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