Weise, Michelle R.
Hire Education: What Disruptive Innovation Means for the Future of Education
Using the theories of disruptive innovation, Michelle Weise paints a vision for the transformation and future of higher education. She analyzes trends in education technology and introduces the idea that students hire higher education for a specific “job to be done.” Drawing from her seminal work with Clayton Christensen, Weise forecasts the seismic shifts to come. She argues, over time, the industry-validated experiences that emerge from the strong partnerships between online competency-based providers and employers will ultimately have the power to override the importance of degrees, college rankings, and accreditation.
Overcoming Academic Inertia in Higher Education
The future of higher education is in flux. So why aren’t its institutions transforming more rapidly and with more urgency? Michelle Weise argues that it’s not because they are unaware of disruptive entrants, or that they are unwilling to change; they are fundamentally constrained in responding to these systemic shifts. Weise elaborates on the business model of colleges and universities, and discusses how the inertia of the academy inevitably makes way for upstart disruptors.
Forge the Future of Liberal Arts
The rising cost of higher education combined with new ideas and innovation has left the iconic, traditional four-year liberal arts experience open to changes and challenges. Michelle Weise examines some of the recent disruptions, which come amidst mounting student loan debt, freezes, and reductions of state subsidies, and a widening skills gap in the U.S. workforce. How will innovation, some in the for-profit sector, change teaching and learning? Weise makes a case for applied liberal arts, and discusses how small colleges in particular can respond to the possibilities in connecting learning and work.