Why You Should Be Bullish on Higher Ed’s Ability to Innovate

For those who say higher ed is slow to innovate, we sure are making some serious progress in higher ed, folks.

We’re utilizing new technologies, and we’re seriously questioning them.

We’re experimenting with micro-grants for our financially struggling students to keep them persisting to graduation.

We’re exploring the affordability of open educational resources, and the potential academic benefits of some really expensive artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies.

We’re developing new pedagogical best practices to optimize online learning for the growing adult population.

We’re implementing continuing education options for our graduates to keep their skillset relevant in a perpetually evolving workplace.

And we’re better partnering with employers to intentionally match the skillsets for what they’re looking for out of our graduates.

The takeaway? We’re figuring this out. We’re each doing our part. And our fellow colleagues across higher education all continue to conduct grand experiments – out of their endless curiosity, and all from a deep love for students and their success.

So be of good cheer, friends. Higher ed continues to get better. May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.