The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It's always been done that way.'
—Rear Admiral Grace Hopper
“Colleges and universities that can’t adapt will fail.” That was the concluding commentary in a three-part article series in Bloomberg View this month by Mark C. Taylor, also the author of Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities (and the subject of a recent Lawlor Review interview).
And last week, Pamela T. Reid, president of Saint Joseph College (Connecticut), writing at Huffington Post about the closing of Chester College of New England (New Hampshire), noted “the demise of any higher educational institution begs the question of adaptability.”
But what does such adaptation involve, exactly?
Jon McGee, vice president of planning and public affairs at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (Minnesota) offers his take in a new whitepaper released by The Lawlor Group, “Disruptive Adaptation: The New Market for Higher Education.” He designed a “decision cube” as a contextual tool for colleges to use in addressing market, management, and learning adaptation, since an institution has to adapt on multiple levels in order to accommodate disruptions in the marketplace. Take a look!