Innovations in Higher Education? Hah!

By Ann Kirschner

You can hardly mention higher education today without hearing the word “innovation,” or its understudies “change,” “reinvention,” “transformation.” Last summer the National Governors Association opened its meeting with a plenary session on higher education, innovation, and economic growth. We have journals galore (Innovative Higher Education, Journal of the International Council for Innovation in Higher Education, etc.), more conferences on “innovation” and higher education than I can count, and reports about innovation (in teaching, research, university business models, technology, you name it). Even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently weighed in with “College 2.0: Transforming Higher Education Through Greater Innovation.”

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