Which Universities are the Most Innovative?

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Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
August 25, 2015
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Which Universities are the Most Innovative?
Times Higher Education
  • According to Robert Tijssen, chair of science and innovation studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, alongside societal engagement, “university-industry connectivity is now the third mission of a university, next to teaching and training and research”. 
  • The aim of the innovation and entrepreneurship initiative is to take ideas and “turn them into real actions that have a real impact on real people’s lives”, says Eric Toone, leader of the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative.
  • Data published by Times Higher Education aim to shed new light on the world of university innovations and inventions by revealing which institutions show the strongest performance across four indicators: the ratio of papers co-authored with industry, the proportion of papers cited by patents, the quantity of research income from industry and the proportion of research income from industry. 
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Keywords: higher education, rankings, innovation, research, universities
Almost 97% of the Good Jobs Created Since 2010 Have Gone to College Grads
Bloomberg Business
  • In case you needed more evidence that getting a college degree is generally a good idea, Georgetown University is out with a new report that underscores how important a diploma has been in this recovery.
  • Of the 2.9 million "good jobs" created during the recovery from 2010 to 2014, 2.8 million — or 97 percent — have gone to workers with at least a bachelor's degree, according to Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce.
  • "The numbers are clear: postsecondary education is important for gaining access to job opportunities in the current economy," researchers Anthony Carnevale, Tamara Jayasundera and Artem Gulish wrote in the report. "Job seekers with bachelor's degrees or higher have the best odds of securing good jobs."
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Keywords: higher education, economy, jobs
How The World's Biggest Education Company Will Spend The Next $2 Billion
NPR
  • Pearson was already the biggest education company in the world. Now its education business is getting even bigger. The company has sold off its two major media brands, the Financial Times (for $1.3 billion) and The Economist (for about $730 million). But is all this money and attention good news for learners?
  • Amar Kumar, VP at Pearson, says it will be. The company uses a pithy slogan internally to describe its priorities: Access, Success and Progress. Access means bringing education to underserved communities. Success means measuring students' learning in terms of useful skills for life and the workforce. And progress means helping students move from K-12 through college.
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Keywords: education, edtech, Pearson
The Messy Human Core of Reinventing Higher Education Institutions
Educause Review
  • Discussions of business model reengineering and innovation in higher education tend to focus on program design, technology, data, and marketing challenges and on delivery, organizational, revenue, and outsourcing models. But for those of us who are thinking hard about innovation and new business models, two critical components are too often missing from our discussions: people and culture.
  • That's because people and culture are messy and sometimes irrational. It's easier to sort out new delivery models or to restructure or adopt a new technology than it is to change the organizational culture or improve (or remove) poor-performing individuals. But here's the thing: the very best organizational models are doomed to failure if staff talent is not good and if the culture is poor. 
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Keywords: higher education, innovation, human resources, culture
Are we Blaming High School When College Needs a Reality Check?
The Hechinger Report
  • While education has been caught up in the rhetoric of college-readiness and whether graduating high school students are truly “college-ready,” a counter-narrative seems to have been lost — or worse — never raised in the first place: Are our colleges student-ready?
  • To put another way: is the problem that students that are part of “hands-on” learning designs are not ready for college, or is it that college isn’t yet ready for students that graduate from innovative teaching and learning models? To put even more starkly: are colleges prepared for engaged learners?
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Keywords: high school, higher education, hands-on education, blended learning
Black Arts: The $800 Million Family Selling Art Degrees and False Hopes
Forbes
  • Since taking over as president of the family-owned Academy of Art University more than two decades ago, Elisa Stephens has transformed the 86-year-old for-profit institution from a regional operation into America’s largest private art university. 
  • No observable talent is required to gain admission to AAU. The school will accept anyone who has a high school diploma and is willing to pay the $22,000 annual tuition (excluding room and board), no art portfolio required. 
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Keywords: higher education, for-profit, arts
Does Going to a Selective College Matter?
The Atlantic
  • Economists agree that going to college matters a lot for future earnings. But does the name of the college matter? That depends—for certain majors, going to a top-tier institution is invaluable. But for many career paths, it just doesn’t matter where a person got his or her education, according to a recent study
  • According to their results, school choice matters the most for business majors. By contrast, engineers who went to the most selective schools enjoyed only a marginal earnings benefit over their peers at mid-tier institutions. For science majors, the prestige of a school mattered least of all. 
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Keywords: higher education, colleges and universities, rankings
Shared Leadership a ‘Necessity’ for Universities
Times Higher Education
  • Shared leadership in higher education is a “necessity” for institutions worldwide, according to a new report. The report suggests that leadership should emanate “from multiple levels and functions as a mix of top-down, bottom-up and middle-out contributions”, and argues that institutional relationships should be based on “collaboration between individuals that together contribute to a collective identity”.
  • The authors of the paper, Developing and Sustaining Shared Leadership in Higher Education, offer six key principles for shared leadership. These include engaging with staff across a university and developing a context and culture of respect.
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Keywords: leadership, higher education, management
Colleges Shift to Using ‘Big Data’ — Including from Social Media — in Admissions Decisions
The Hechinger Report
  • The same big data techniques that are transforming other industries are seeping into the college and university admissions process to help predict whether students will succeed and graduate.
  • The point is simple: to increase graduation rates by using big data to identify the kinds of students who experience has proven are most likely to stick around. The question is, how do you recruit a set of students that will be successful at your school?
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Keywords: big data, higher education, admissions, social media
STANFORD VS. MIT: Which school is really the best?
Business Insider
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University are two of the most highly regarded universities in the world — after all, we ranked them No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on this year's best colleges in America ranking. 
  • But is it possible to determine which one is better? We looked at everything from prestige and starting salary to dining and nightlife to settle the score between MIT and Stanford. 
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Keywords: higher education, rankings, colleges and universities
Can You Design Innovation?
Fast Company
  • In business, everyone is racing to develop the next big thing. Similarly, cities and developers are capitalizing on this by building entire neighbourhoods to foster innovation and innovation districts are popping up all over the world. But one question lies at the heart of the trend: Can innovation really be designed?
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Keywords: innovation, design, innovation district
Educational Innovation Weekly Review is curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's  Observatory of Educational Innovation. With the highlights of the week on innovation, technology and education. If you require more information about a specific note, please email us: observatorio@itesm.mx. TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, 2015.

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