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03Feb
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Performance Metrics, Performance Funding. What’s a state to do?

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Outcomes-based funding (OBF) policies can be a powerful tool for supporting increased postsecondary student attainment. Research suggests this form of financial incentive can be a catalyst for institutions to help students successfully complete degree programs. To date, 32 states have a funding formula in place that allocates some amount of funding based on performance indicators such […]
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25Jan
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Toolkit Tuesday: Innovation in higher education is like…

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One of our favorite exercises to use in model design workshops is to ask participants to frame a given context as a metaphor. It’s a surprisingly simple and effective activity because the humble metaphor can be a powerful catalyst for generating new thinking or reveal commonly accepted conventions and beliefs. It can quickly create a […]
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04Oct
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From the bookshelf: Profiles in higher ed transformation

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A few moons back I had the privilege of being interviewed by Susan Aldridge (president of Drexel University Online and former president of the University of Maryland) and Kathleen Harvatt about business model innovation. The duo had been commissioned by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to write a book that offers practical […]
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30Sep
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One Big Idea for Scaling and Sustaining Personalized Adult Learning

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I’m going on a rant for a couple of paragraphs. Bear with me. For all the talk about student-centricity, personalization and adult learning, the customer service experience for people trying to re-enter higher education and persist through to degree completion just plain stinks. In this day and age, given the plethora of information and case studies […]
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29Sep
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From the bookshelf: Connected Company

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I’m ashamed to admit I’ve had this book on my shelf for a couple of years now. I even spent time with its author – Dave Gray – when he spoke at my former stomping ground’s annual innovation summit. But it wasn’t until I was beating my head against a wall for a gnarly challenge […]
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12Dec
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Kinetic Seeds Selected as a Winner of Lumina Foundation Innovation Challenge

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With a good deal of pride and a high-level hope that we might catalyze something big, we’re happy to announce that our entry for winning ideas to scale and sustain adult learning has been selected by College Unbound and the Lumina Foundation. It’s not a small challenge to tackle. Nearly 75% of today’s college students […]
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