Association CEO Point/Counterpoint: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
Concurrent Session 10
The position of the CEO in the higher education association space is not for the faint-hearted. The digital and physical post-secondary environments have blurred; and higher education remains decisively in the throes of detractors targeting high tuition, student debt, poor completion rates, and unemployed and underemployed graduates. These CEOs or ‘academic partners’ need to assist their member institutions in not only embracing advances in pedagogy, technology, and artificial intelligence; but new values and leadership practices usurping traditional strategies and putting these colleges and universities firmly in the in the drivers’ seats.
Association CEOs are uniquely positioned to maintain an ear-to-the ground through rigorous and continual member engagement. By leveraging lessons from the past, panelists will offer their insights into the future:
- What online and digital trends do higher education leaders need to assimilate to stay relevant in this Fourth Industrial Revolution and what practices to higher education leaders need to discontinue in preparing the future workforce to add immediate value once employed?
- Many of today’s colleges and universities are internally driven by the same structures of power and decision-making over 1) resources, 2) authority, 3) legitimacy. How do institutions discourage a practice that encourages uniformity and replication of past successes while discouraging academic transformation?
- Today’s student population is the most diverse in our nation’s history, characterized by the intersection of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, family composition, age, and economic status among others. How do institutions encourage innovative instructional pedagogy perpetuating inclusion and equity for all?