The State Of Innovation In Higher: A Survey of Academic Administrators

Concurrent Session 8
OLC Session

Brief Abstract

The Online Learning Consortium and The Learning House, Inc. partnered in 2017 to survey academic administrators on the topic of innovation in higher education. From this survey and follow-up interviews, OLC and Learning House developed The State of Innovation in Higher Education report. Join this session, presented by co-authors Dr. Jill Buban and Andrew J. Magda, to learn key findings and insights from The State of Innovation report, including:

  • Insight into whether administrators view their institutions as innovative
  • The varying definitions that administrators apply to “innovation,” and how this influences their approaches to innovation
  • Common barriers to successfully implementing innovative projects
  • The level of influence that leadership, faculty, and students have over innovation
  • Lessons that administrators may apply to innovation tactics in their strategic plans



Andrew J. Magda is the Manager of Market Research of The Learning House, Inc. He leads in the development of custom and large-scale market research studies and assists partner institutions with their research needs. Prior to Learning House, Andrew was a senior analyst at Eduventures and a project manager at the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut.
Prior to joining the Online Learning Consortium, Dr. Buban was the Assistant Provost for Research & Innovation at Post University. In this role, Buban instituted university-wide initiatives with a forward thinking, student-centered focus. These initiatives included, but were not limited to, the university’s transition to digital course materials, the creation of an online academy for high school students, competency-based learning initiatives, professional developing credentialing, articulation agreements, enrollment management, oversight of all academic publications, as well as a variety of teaching and learning initiatives. Prior to joining Post University, Buban worked in Academic Affairs at SUNY Empire State College. She collaborated on a variety of online learning initiatives including the implementation of ePortfolios, open learning access and opportunities, and prior learning assessment. Dr. Buban continues to study and present on topics surrounding effective technology use for adult learners in online environments. She is a member of the SSEA Communications Committee, an organization for which she was named an Emerging Scholar in 2012. Given the opportunity, Buban continues to teach in the areas of adult and online learning.

Extended Abstract