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Institutional Innovation: How can higher ed leaders successfully innovate?

January 19, 2018

In other words, sustained innovation maintains the current framework of competitive idea engineering, while disruptive developments change the trajectory of how leaders must operate for their institutions to stay competitive, or even survive. Over the last decade, many education experts would point to the dramatic growth of online education as being disruptive, for instance.

These two terms present an important distinction, because as institutions struggle to attract and retain students, sustaining innovation may not be enough. West Virginia University President Gordon Gee, at a Committee on Economic Development’s policy conference last year, told higher ed leaders if they wanted the industry to survive, they’d have to stop thinking about change in the industry as a box, but as a flowing conversation with points for opportunity.

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