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Presidential Innovation Papers

December 30, 1899


This series of Presidential Innovation Papers is a reflection of conversations conducted by a group called the Presidential Innovation Laboratory.

The group, convened by ACE as part of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation explored new models inspired by the disruptive potential of new educational innovations—technological, pedagogical, organizational, and structural—especially those that could increase the number of Americans able to earn a postsecondary degree, certificate, or credential.

The papers focus on 4 somewhat overlapping areas:
  1. Business model innovation
  2. The changing faculty role
  3. Students of the future
  4. Major drivers and signals of change in postsecondary education

We are pleased to be able to share some of this thinking with a wider audience.

Papers in the Series

Beyond the Inflection Point: Reimagining Business Models for Higher Education (PDF) 1MB
This paper explores issues raised in reaction to current challenges to the traditional higher education business model that in turn are largely driven by financial concerns.

Unbundling Versus Designing Faculty Roles (PDF) 1MB
This paper explores current conversations about the changing role of college and university faculty, the so-called “unbundling” or “disaggregation” of the faculty role.

The Students of the Future (PDF) 1MB
This paper explores the various demographic, economic, technological, and pedagogical drivers that are shaping change for students of the future—requiring college and university leaders to reflect and plan.

Signals and Shifts in the Postsecondary Landscape (PDF) 1MB
This paper provides an overview of the broader context of future trends in higher education, inspired by various conversations and discussions during the Presidential Innovation Lab.



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