Note: The book, New Models of Higher Education: Unbundled, Rebundled, Customized, and DIY is open access and can be read or downloaded thanks to support from the Lumina Foundation and Walmart.
In a new book, Dr. Aaron Brower, UW-System Senior Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Executive Director of UW Extended Campus and professor of social work, recognizes that higher education comprises not only “traditional” college students: those under 25 years old, enrolled fulltime in residential higher education, but also a many students seeking “nontraditional” forms of postsecondary education – combining formal credit-bearing and non-credit workforce-related training.
Brower and co-editor Ryan Specht-Boardman brought together an impressive group of leaders to share how institutions of higher education–and industry and EdTech partners–can better facilitate people’s ability to customize education and training programs across learning modalities and formats.
The book views the future of higher education where students mix and match education and training throughout their careers to reach personal and professional goals. It considers the practical ways in which institutions of higher education, education technology companies, and workplaces can better respond to and enable this new way in which education and training are engaged and consumed.