• The Brink of Closure: What Motivates Higher Education to Change?

    Author: James J. Koelbl, D.D.S., M.S., M.J. There are many articles written about the need for change in higher education. The primary options seem to be either reinvent the entire higher education system or honestly assess whether “the way we’ve always done things” continues...

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  • Closing the Credential Gap: Higher Education’s Accessibility Makeover

    The launch of the 2015 Breakthrough Models Incubator When you gather a group of university leaders from across the country together in one room, you get widely varied perspectives on the challenges unique to each of them and those they share as well. It helps when those leaders represent the...

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  • A Breakthrough Game Design for Student Success

    By: Victoria (Tori) Mondelli 2010 was a good year. Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) was founded as an education reform initiative, and I discovered the value of learning games from my colleagues in the CUNY Games Network.   Fast-forward to the summer of 2014, and I find myself...

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  • Hidden Advantages of the Breakthrough Models Academy

    Author: Dustin Hilt, Simmons College While it isn’t hard to find plenty of background (here, here, and here, for example) on the Breakthrough Models Academy (BMA), it still wasn’t enough to prepare me for all of the benefits of the experience. As much as I enjoyed the official...

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  • What Does Faculty Mean in a Breakthrough School?

    The sun shone, and the heavy snows were finally melting last week as NGLC headed to the campus of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester, New Hampshire. SNHU is the creator and institutional home of the groundbreaking breakthrough model known as “College for America.”...

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  • Blue Sky Thinking from Academic Entrepreneurs

    Announcing the 2014 Breakthrough Models Academy Projects Blue skies! What a great holiday gift! Mine came early this year, and I’m not talking about the unseasonably warm and sunny weather we’ve been experiencing in Seattle. I’m talking about the Breakthrough Models Academy 2014...

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  • Breakthroughs in Higher Education

    “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World” -Mahatma Ghandi Call it disruption. Call it progress. Call it innovation. No matter how it’s labeled, real sustainable change begins from within—inside the hallowed halls of academia, and inside the hearts and minds of...

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  • Technology & Change: Perspectives on the Role of Faculty

    I just got new glasses. It’s amazing what I can see now that I couldn’t see before. I begin here because I am going to advocate that all of higher ed get some new glasses. Because the way we are looking at the role of faculty isn’t helpful to moving forward. We all want the same...

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  • Online Learning & Equality: Rio Salado College Hosts Bill Gates

    “During my visit, I heard inspiring stories of students who are taking advantage of these flexible learning models to pursue degrees that can put them on paths to new careers." - Bill Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Imagine that you never finished college…...

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  • Hey, Princeton: Consider Competencies

    Author: Michelle R. Weise Senior Research Fellow, Higher Education Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation With A’s doled out in almost half of all undergraduate courses—compared to only 15 percent in 1961— have grades become meaningless? Ten years ago,...

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