Inside Higher Ed
September 30th, 2014
With a number of leading for-profits beset by legal and financial
woes, enrollment in online education leveling off, and MOOCs off the
front pages, one might reasonably conclude that the threats to higher ed
posed by what was hailed as “disruptive innovation” have abated.
At this point, institutions are disrupting themselves from the inside
out, not waiting for the sky to fall. True disruption occurs when
existing institutions begin to embrace the forces of transformation.
The innovations taking place may not seem to be as dramatic as those
that loomed in 2012, but the consequences are likely be even more
far-reaching, challenging established business and staffing models.
Let’s begin by looking at ten innovations that are slowly but surely
being incorporated into higher ed, and then to five new educational
models that are gradually emerging.