"Scholars will find this work a good point of departure for asking more pointed questions about how nest to meet the demands of an increasingly disparate population of students (and potential students) who have different needs and expectations from previous generations of college-going individuals." — Journal of College Student Retention Vol. 15 (3)
The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Outby Clayton M. Christensen, Henry J. Eyring
The Innovative University illustrates how higher education can respond to the forces of disruptive innovation , and offers a nuanced and hopeful analysis of where the traditional university and its traditions have come from and how it needs to change for the future. Through an examination of Harvard and BYU-Idaho as well as other stories of innovation in higher education, Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring decipher how universities can find innovative, less costly ways of performing their uniquely valuable functions.
- Offers new ways forward to deal with curriculum, faculty issues, enrollment, retention, graduation rates, campus facility usage, and a host of other urgent issues in higher education
- Discusses a strategic model to ensure economic vitality at the traditional university
- Contains novel insights into the kind of change that is necessary to move institutions of higher education forward in innovative ways
This book uncovers how the traditional university survives by breaking with tradition, but thrives by building on what it's done best.
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Meet the Author
Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the founder of Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank. He is the author of many books, including The Innovator's Dilemma, and has applied his theory to K12 education in Disrupting Class and to medicine in The Innovator's Prescription.
Henry J. Eyring serves as an administrator at Brigham Young University-Idaho. He is a former strategy consultant at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Monitor Company.
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As is typical for Dr. Christensen this is about disruptive innovation in higher education, and though particularly interesting to those of use with graying hair and original wire rim glasses, it may not have wide readership appeal. If you are interested in the history of Harvard College/University (Or Rick's College~~~ BYU-Idaho) this will also have an appeal. The intent was to demonstrate how each succeeded by defining and changing what each school's "DNA" was/is. For those of us in higher education it provides food for thought that is not dissimilar, though more focused on higher education, than earlier works by Dr. C. I originally got the electronic version and now I want the hard copy. One to travel and read and one to write all over the inside and to more easily search..Remember gray hair and wire rims..
While this book was heavily promoted as a change agent for the American University, it was in fact a somewhat well-written history and promotional piece for Harvard and BYU-Idaho. Written by authors with deep connections to both schools, it did not deliver on its inferred promise of illustrating change for the American University.
Informaative/interesting. It's a manual for higher education to remain relevant in the elearning revolution. Well documented.