Innovation in Higher Education: Leadership and the Role of Technology

Innovation in Higher Education: Leadership and the Role of Technology

Freeman Hrabowski
President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Session Description
This keynote will focus on Freeman’s industry knowledge and leadership as well as the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s (UMBC) usage of analytics to enable data-driven decision making.
  • Michael Chasen opens the first keynote session.3,500 people at this conference and one of the largest ever with one of the largest educational technology conference anywhere.  175 sessions at the conference – from K-12 to Higher Ed. 65 partners also at the conference.
  • Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County opens the keynote with stating that “Education is becoming something you can get anytime/anywhere.”  Things are changing…
  • Greater globalization than ever before.
  • Technological advances are changing our curriculum and also the way we teach.
  • The role of presidents and boards will be more important than ever is asking questions and setting the tone.
  • The major part of your role is to use your expertise and connections with organizations to have an impact on leaders to support teaching, the environment, and faculty.
  • How many of you know that students are bored… or difficulty to deal with, or resistant to change?  These are realities.  As you think about what is happening on your campus – how do we go about changing the culture of our institutions.  We need to use our expertise to guide and facilitate change.
  • “Academic Innovation” we can become much better than we are… – Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • “You don’t have to be rich to be brilliant…”
  • Video played from:
  • In the 60’s 10% had a college education… 2% were Black.  Today 30% of Americas have a college education.  Of those 35% are white with Asian population making up 50%.  Here is the issue… 2/3 of Americans do not have a college degree.
  • A major part of science and industry is a result of the world coming here to the US for education – and staying here. Only 6% of science and engineering degrees are produced.
  • We need to leverage students and their independence and creativity to build innovation.
  • We need to prepare students for jobs in general but for sure in science and engineering.  2/3 of all whites do not make it in science and engineering.
  • The higher the AP credits at an institution = the greater the probability that students will change their major away from science and engineering.
  • How do we talk about innovation and creativity on our campuses… we need to understand what we do well and what we need to improve.  We are often not as data driven with decisions as we need to be.
  • Rather than focus on access, we need to focus on success in the same sentence.
  • Changing our attitudes is where we need to begin on our campus… to both extend access to ensure success of our students that enroll.
  • Innovation is the name of the game.  How do we define innovation?
  • Look in the mirror and understand where we are, what strategies are working, and where we need to be.  Inclusive excellence so all students can come into a community where we support each other and where students have a good chance of making it.
  • High quality is not keeping people out – but looking at students and understand them and empower them to succeed.
  • We need to find a way for faculty to work more collaboratively to help students make the transition from K12 to Community Colleges to the Universities.
  • What are the intervention strategies that apply to all students?  What levels of use of Blackboard contribute to success on average.
  • Online learning and hybrid approaches can lead to better results than face to face courses.
  • Video played highlighting the Chemistry Discovery Center a model of teaching that provides less passive lecturing and methods of engaging students – and encouraging students to take charge of their learning.
  • Institutions have to use rigorous data and analytics.
  • Video on “Check my activity” tool that UMBC (a version of the video is available on the EDUCAUSE web site here) has created to help students through tracking their activity and comparing it to their peers that have been successful.
  • Any child that gets a good education in our country has a bright future.  Those of us that have reached a goal – leaders must tell the rest we can do this.
We must believe that we can make a difference in the world.  America is great and can be greater than ever before!

About ekunnen
Eric has a passion for, works to lead, support, and coordinate effective uses of technology in teaching and learning. He is an Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan. His primary role focuses on collaborating and supporting distance learning initiatives at the university while exploring future trends in emerging technologies in teaching and learning. He also collaborates to research and support academic technologies used in the classroom and in eLearning. Previously, Eric was the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at GVSU and a Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eric has a background in teaching Computer Science and Biology at the secondary level and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology. I'm on mission to advance teaching and learning through the integration of emerging and innovative instructional technologies... More

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