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"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 language of crisis is nothing new in higher educationfor years critics have raised alarms about rising tuition, compromised access, out of control costs, and a host of other issues. Yet, though those issues are still part of the current crisis, it is not the same as past ones. For the first time, disruptive technologies are at work in higher education. For most of their histories, traditional universities and colleges have had no serious competition except from institutions with similar operating models. Now, though, there are disruptive competitors offering online degrees. Many of these institutions operate as for-profit entities, emphasizing marketable degrees for working adults. Traditional colleges and universities have valuable qualities and capacities that can offset those disruptors' advantagesbut not for everyone who aspires to higher education, and not without real innovation. How can institutions of higher education think constructively and creatively about their response to impending disruption?
Written by Clayton Christensen, the father of the theory of disruptive innovation, and his colleague, Henry J. Eyring, The Innovative University offers a nuanced and hopeful analysis of the traditional university and its DNA. It explores how and why universities must change to ensure future success.
Throughout the book Christensen and Eyring show what it takes to apply Christensen's acclaimed model of disruptive innovation to a higher education environment. Through a penetrating examination of the histories and current transformations of two very different universitiesHarvard and BYU-Idahoand using other illustrative examples of innovation in higher education, The Innovative University explores how universities can find innovative, less costly ways of performing their uniquely valuable functions and thereby save themselves from decline. The book explores the strategic choices and alternative ways in which traditional universities can change to ensure their ongoing economic vitality. To avoid the pitfalls of disruption and turn the scenario into a positive and productive one, universities must re-engineer their institutional DNA from the inside out.
The Innovative University reveals how the traditional university survives by breaking with tradition, but thrives by building upon what it's done best.
The authors provide exhaustive details to the point that it becomes a bit tedious to get through the book.
As others have stated, the model of Disruptive Innovation does not seem to apply to higher education in the same way as it does to K-12 or other fields.
The issue of tuition increases is well-understood but the major problem is that administrative costs are typically over 40% of total income.
I enjoyed reading this book, but thought the scholarship was lacking--thus I give it four stars rather than five. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sisyphus Smith
“I am not aware that any one single thing is well taught to the undergraduates of Harvard College” – A Massachusetts senator from 1839
Criticizing American higher... Read more
Read this for a class--it barely related to what we discussed and wow, can you maybe stop talking about harvard?Published 8 months ago by Ali S
Starting with the positive... BYU Idaho story is quite interesting and inspiring, especially from the middle of the book, when it talks about Ricks college merger, focus on the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Miroslav Koncar
This a very intellectual work by Moises Naim and a "must read" if we want to abandom the confortable position of the expectator and commence taking a more active role in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Hermann W. Bruch
Buy this book, and invest precious life-hours reading it, only if:
1. You seek a view of higher education that reduces it to 2 quite idiosyncratic institutions and a... Read more
It compares the traditional university to the non-traditional innovative format used by BYU Idaho. Faculty, administration, and staff at our university meet monthly to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by 1kobe
In this long and informative book, Dr. Christensen reviews the evolution of Harvard's system of higher education in great historical detail, and argues why their current system,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anil Maheshwari