The next big innovation in higher ed is…collaboration?

College and IT leaders say it’s not about the next tech, but about how teamwork and collaboration can revolutionize postsecondary education

collaboration-institution-hrabowskiPoetry, personal stories, laughs and boisterous arm and hand gestures are not what I was expecting at 8 in the morning, and, I’m nervous to admit, from a university president. Neither was the conversation aimed at inspiring collaboration among all departments and lessening boundaries and hierarchy.

“Lift up your eyes upon
This day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream.”

That was Maya Angelou, for those who were wondering,” opened Dr. Freeman Hrabowski at the 2014 Campus Technology conference in Boston, “and I like to do this: tell stories and inspire. It’s part of being a good leader.”…Read More

UMBC’s Hrabowski named to Time ‘influential’ list

Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, appears to be the only college president named to the Time magazine’s latest list of the world’s 100 most influential people, the Washington Post reports. Hrabowski unquestionably ranks among the five or 10 most important college presidents in the nation. In a two-decade tenure, he has elevated UMBC from commuter school to top-flight research university. He has also pretty much cornered the market on African American scholarship in science, technology, engineering and math. There are other heroic university presidents and other up-and-coming schools. But Hrabowski’s UMBC has taught the likes of Harvard and Hopkins how to teach science, with its groundbreaking course redesigns in biology and chemistry that stress teamwork and interaction over the passive lecture…

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