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PreparedU: How Innovative Colleges Drive Student Success

ISBN: 978-1-119-40247-3
288 pages
September 2017, Jossey-Bass
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How can we as parents, educators, and members of the business community prepare students to be successful leaders in today's global environment? It's a critically important question. Gloria Cordes Larson, president of Bentley University, explains why today's practices in higher education are inadequate preparation for our rapidly evolving innovation economy.  Instead, she passionately advocates for a hybrid-learning model that integrates business education with traditional liberal arts courses. Today's businesses demand a new kind of hybrid graduate, possessed of both hard and soft skills, with the courage to take risks, the creativity to innovate, and the savvy to excel in a turbulent competitive climate. This book is a valuable resource for participants in every learning community: our homes, schools, and businesses. It will change the way you think about what excellence in education means in today's business environment as you develop strategies that will move our children, students, and future employees forward in a rapidly changing and very challenging world. Prepared with that training and knowledge, they will find greater fulfillment and make their own mark on the future.

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Table of Contents

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1 Higher Education’s Challenge to Change

2 Yesterday’s Education Meets Today’s World

3 The Innovation Economy Needs a New Graduate

4 Students Need a New Experience

5 The Case for Place-Based Education

6 Hybrid Learning

7 The Promise of a New Generation


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Author Information

GLORIA CORDES LARSON, ESQ., was elected to the presidency of Bentley University after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. Before joining Bentley, Gloria was co-chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag LLP. She led a business advisory cabinet for Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick and served as Secretary of Economic Affairs and Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation under Massachusetts Republican Governor William Weld.

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