ACE Presidential Innovation Lab
Launching the ACE Presidential Innovation Lab
With Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) already being incorporated into degree programs, and even more sophisticated tools and technologies being developed to push university-level content into new contexts, the next few decades will be fundamental to shaping the future roles of higher education and universities.
Since its launch, one of our Learning Futures Lab's missions is to explore new possibilities that are opened up by this shift. Perhaps the most exciting of these is the potential to address historical access and attainment gaps. Used wisely, new learning tools could be harnessed to bring better learning opportunities to far more people.
From that standpoint, we have been honored to have the opportunity to work with the American Council on Education (ACE) as a part of its Presidential Innovation Lab, a groundbreaking effort to examine new models inspired by the disruptive potential of new educational technologies such as MOOCs to boost the number of Americans able to gain a college degree.
The Lab is a group of 14 leading university and college presidents who will work together to explore possible scenarios for expanding access to higher education over the coming decade and close persistent attainment gaps, including those among low-income young adults. The initial session will be held July 21-23, 2013 at our office in Palo Alto, followed by a second session with IFTF research staff on October 6-7, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
The Presidential Innovation Lab includes:
- Joseph E. Aoun, president, Northeastern University (MA)
- Chris Bustamante, president, Rio Salado College (AZ)
- Scott S. Cowen, president, Tulane University (LA)
- Michael M. Crow, president, Arizona State University
- John F. Ebersole, president, Excelsior College (NY)
- Renu Khator, president, University of Houston and chancellor, University of Houston System (TX)
- Paul J. LeBlanc, president, Southern New Hampshire University
- Robert W. Mendenhall, president, Western Governors University (UT)
- Mohammad H. Qayoumi, president, San Jose State University (CA)
- Vincent Price, provost, The University of Pennsylvania
- L. Rafael Reif, president, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Kevin P. Reilly, president, University of Wisconsin System
- Clayton Spencer, president, Bates College (ME)
- Linda M. Thor, chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District (CA)
We are excited work with some of the best minds from learning institutions across the United States to imagine a new learning ecology for the better.
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