The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out
July 2011, Jossey-Bass
- Offers new ways forward to deal with curriculum, faculty issues, enrollment, retention, graduation rates, campus facility usage, and a host of other urgent issues in higher education
- Discusses a strategic model to ensure economic vitality at the traditional university
- Contains novel insights into the kind of change that is necessary to move institutions of higher education forward in innovative ways
This book uncovers how the traditional university survives by breaking with tradition, but thrives by building on what it's done best.
Introduction: Ripe for Disruption—and Innovation xix
Part One: Reframing the Higher Education Crisis
Chapter 1 The Educational Innovator’s Dilemma: Threat of Danger, Reasons for Hope 3
Part Two: The Great American University
Chapter 2 Puritan College 33
Chapter 3 Charles Eliot, Father of American Higher Education 46
Chapter 4 Pioneer Academy 72
Chapter 5 Revitalizing Harvard College 80
Chapter 6 Struggling College 98
Chapter 7 The Drive for Excellence 110
Chapter 8 Four-Year Aspirations in Rexburg 139
Chapter 9 Harvard’s Growing Power and Profile 148
Chapter 10 Staying Rooted 157
Part Three: Ripe for Disruption
Chapter 11 The Weight of the DNA 171
Chapter 12 Even at Harvard 185
Chapter 13 Vulnerable Institutions 192
Chapter 14 Disruptive Competition 206
Part Four: A New Kind of University
Chapter 15 A Unique University Design 223
Chapter 16 Getting Started 238
Chapter 17 Raising Quality 249
Chapter 18 Lowering Cost 276
Chapter 19 Serving More Students 301
Part Five: Genetic Reengineering
Chapter 20 New Models 325
Chapter 21 Students and Subjects 347
Chapter 22 Scholarship 358
Chapter 23 New DNA 379
Chapter 24 Change and the Indispensable University 396
The Authors 445
Innosight Institute 447
Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the founder of Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank. He is the author of many books, including The Innovator's Dilemma, and has applied his theory to K12 education in Disrupting Class and to medicine in The Innovator's Prescription.
Henry J. Eyring serves as an administrator at Brigham Young University-Idaho. He is a former strategy consultant at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Monitor Company.
"Scholars will find this work a good point of departure for asking more pointed questions about how nest to meet the demands of an increasingly disparate population of students (and potential students) who have different needs and expectations from previous generations of college-going individuals." Journal of College Student Retention Vol. 15 (3)
“This superbly documented book is a must read for anyone who cares about America’s universities and colleges and the invaluable role they play in our contemporary society.” Molly Corbett Broad, president, American Council on Education
The Innovative University
Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out
San Francisco, CA – For years traditional colleges and universities have competed against one another for students, and were not threatened by innovation occurring outside of their structured realm. However, the landscape has now changed. As the price of higher education continues to rise, new online institutions and learning tools are challenging the future of traditional colleges and universities. How can institutions of higher education think constructively and creatively about their response to occurring and impending disruption?
In their newest book, THE INNOVATIVE UNIVERSITY: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out (Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley; August 2011; $32.95; Cloth: 978-1-118-06348-4), authors Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring offer a powerful set of solutions to the disruptive dilemmas and challenges that institutions of higher education now face. They explore how and why universities must evolve to cultivate future success. Also, they apply Christensen’s acclaimed model of disruptive innovation to the higher education environment, which is the idea that sustaining institutions or models exist, and then something will come into the fold and "disrupt" the traditional or "sustaining" model.
“Henry and I love higher education, and deeply appreciate all that it has done for us. We hope this book will inspire people to utilize all of the new technologies to reinvigorate the traditional university and/or college - instead of letting it threaten and disrupt. It is in the spirit of hope and love that we wrote this book, so that others can benefit like we have from higher learning,” Clayton Christensen
Together, Christensen and Eyring go back to the 19th century where the roots of the modern day university were laid. Through an in-depth study of Harvard, BYU-Idaho and other institutions they show how most universities follow the same formula, or in their words, are ‘made up by the same DNA’; however, by unraveling the strands that bind these organisms (or institutions) together, they decipher how universities can find new and less costly ways of performing their uniquely valuable functions.
THE INNOVATIVE UNIVERSITY explores how systems of higher education can reengineer their DNA from the inside out – to transform pitfalls into opportunities, and uncovers how the traditional university can survive by breaking with tradition and thrive on building what it has done best.