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This year, Becker College affirms the Agile Mindset as the academic foundation that equips students to navigate change and create value in the complex, hyper-connected, automated world of the 21st century. At its essence, the Agile Mindset values knowledge and the power of learning. It focuses on a set of four uniquely human skills, and it prepares students to adapt and create new value.Learn More
Why hasn’t higher education pivoted away from (or at least broadened) its central focus of preparing students for a first professional job aligned with their major field of study as a definitive measure of the success of their educational program? (Co-authored with Heather E. McGowan, MBA.)Read more.
Our world continues to present profound problems and opportunities. Climate change, economic inequality and resource scarcity, all have global impact. And as widening gaps in education beg to be addressed, the need for new models of education such as learning agility, or the Agile Mindset, have become imperative. (Co-authored with Heather E. McGowan, MBA.)Read more.
Becker’s mission combined with its core values inherently attracts students who value the entrepreneurial mindset and a commitment to social innovation.Read more.
It does not matter whether [graduates] attended a state institution, Ivy League school, big university, or small college; what they leave with matters most. In today's world, knowledge will only get them so far. As Thomas Friedman conveyed in his article "How to Get a Job at Google," their success will come from showing what they can do with what they have learned.Read more.
We should not presume that Generation Z and future net-savvy generations desire expanded use of technology or a depersonalized classroom experience. In fact, a Northeastern University study concludes that Generation Z is "less fixated on technology than might be presumed," and their preference is a traditional undergraduate experience that teaches entrepreneurship and offers hands-on experiences and practical skills.Read more.
I am a 55-year-old, African-American male president of a Massachusetts college with more than 2,000 students -- 25 percent are students of color, and many of them are male. My wife and I have a total of six college degrees. But in the context of our criminal justice system, these things don't matter.Read more.
Here is my list of 10 things to pack when you go to college: 1. An open mind; 2. A global perspective; 3. Creativity; 4. A healthy level of fear; 5. A collaborative spirit; 6. A boundless mindset; 7. A desire to develop a personal brand; 8. An art of possibility thinking; 9. Confidence; 10. Not your parents!Read more.
The Declaration of Independence says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." In a global society and knowledge economy, does a college education or lack thereof create degrees of separation for the haves and have-nots?Read more.
(Co-authored with Heather E. McGowan, MBA) Average is over. The world is not just flat and connected; it is hyper-connected. There are three to four billion participants on a global collaborative platform. Routine work - anything that is repetitive either mentally or physically -- will be serviced by this platform.Read more.
The goal of education "is to prepare young people for their future, not our past." That quote, attributed to author Daniel Pink, is one that should be a rallying cry for every educator...Read more.
The world does not get better by accident. It gets better because there are champions who insist on change, who pursue change, and who effect change. Some of those champions are on our college campuses.Read more.
Online learning is certainly a driving force in the higher education revolution, but the phenomenon of Internet-based courses is only part of the changes to come. In the furious rush to build virtual classrooms, colleges and universities may be confusing the online revolution with the larger need for higher education to embrace much wider change.Read more.
The world does not get better by accident. It gets better because there are champions who insist on change, who pursue change, and who effect change.Read more.
To the President and members of Congress; to Democrats and Republicans: Have we got a deal for you.Read more.
Amid all the talk about online learning and a revolution in higher education, we risk losing sight of a much more important revolution, one that depends on the traditional college experience. That is the revolution that will once again place the American Dream of individual achievement back in the hands of every citizen.Read more.
The explosion in online learning marks the beginning of a revolution, one that may well make higher education available to an unprecedented number of people from all levels of society. The Internet has become a tool to extend the reach of higher education, still our society's most potent force for reducing poverty, fostering self-sufficiency, and creating future leaders.Read more.
A perfect storm roils the horizon of higher education. Three towering and swiftly moving storms -- affordability, student loan debt, and seismically shifting demographics -- are about to collide. The power of their convergence and the resulting collateral damage will challenge the very survival of colleges that refuse to evolve.Read more.