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Design Thinking Workshop: Redesigning Higher Education for 2020 & Beyond
Tue, April 12, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
How Might We Redesign Higher Education for 2020 and Beyond?
Higher Ed is in the middle of a radical transformation. It is predicted that 50% of our colleges will go bankrupt in 15 years. 1 in 2 student borrowers are distressed. College debt is impacting the future of individuals and the United States in general.
There are solutions! You are invited to collaborate and create solutions/recommendations. Three speakers will help us understand the complex issues impacting higher education. Their role is to help inform our conversation and get us thinking for our workshop. The only skills you need for this workshop are listening and collaboration abilities. Fun it will be!
- Ideate and solution around how high education can be changed to meet the financial and talent demands of work.
- We want you to feel confident that you can use Design Thinking to solve any problem. Don't know anything about Design Thinking? No worries as it is just a problem solving framework that we will be using. Higher education is our case study.
As with all our designing thinking workshops, our speakers activate our thinking and act as our subject matter experts. We take their knowledge and then break into groups of 5-7 people. Each group will be led through the design thinking process to consider how they might redesign higher education. At the end we will come back together and each group will present their recommended solutions.
The Evolving Higher Education Business Model & Student Loans
•Overview: The traditional business model used by colleges and universities is failing all stakeholders, particularly (US) students who are being priced out of educational, and therefore, work opportunities. We have state budget cuts that are forcing students out of their colleges. We have student debt that has reached a ratio of 1 in 2 borrowers are destressed.
Meeting the Ever Evolving Skill Needs of Business “Now”
•Overview: The four-year or two-year cycles of our traditional education approach is failing to meet workforce skill needs of rapidly evolving businesses. For profit entities have emerged as well as 4 month programs. How does this all fit the future education landscape?
Kitty Vorisek, Executive Director, Lucas C Ltd, Beijing-Chicago
Urbanization and Globalization of Business and Talent
•Overview: Our traditional higher education system is not delivering a workforce prepared to prosper and lead in the increasingly global market place.