Thursday, April 12, 2012

3 ways to thrive through the education industry's evolution

Many colleges and universities have been around for decades, and some, centuries. Over the years, student needs have changed. Instructional design approaches have advanced. Educational technologies have become more sophisticated.

The colleges and universities that have continued to stay relevant through the education industry's evolution are the ones that have gone beyond just adapting to new ways of thinking and doing things. Rather, they've embraced change and put a stake in the ground to innovate new educational approaches to meet the needs of the modern student.

Sounds self-evident. But it doesn't come easy, as many educators who've been in this situation can probably attest. In fact, we're some of them. The last several years have been a mission to reinvent Post University to meet the needs of today's students, which include a growing number of adult learners in addition to 18- to 22-year-olds.

We've learned a lot through our efforts to create a university that can deliver educational services to students in whatever format is most suitable for them, build an online education operation, and make a Post University degree more valuable with each passing year.

We wanted to share some of what we've learned in the hopes of helping you thrive in the face of industry change, too. So I penned an article on Huffington Post detailing just that, entitled "A 122-Year-Old Start-Up? How Post University Reinvented Itself for the Modern Educational Era."

I wrote about how our efforts to reinvent Post were essentially like creating a new institution -- hence developing a "122-year-old start-up." I told the story behind our need to update our approach to education, and shared three lessons we've taken away from our initiatives. Flip over to give the article a read and let us know what you think.

By the way, this is the first of several articles we hope to contribute to Huffington Post's College channel over the coming months. We'll keep you updated on our blog when new articles are posted so you can follow them.