Yes, you read that right.

According to a survey we co-sponsored with The Chronicle of Higher Education:

  • Nearly 70% of college presidents believe that at least a moderate amount of disruption is needed in higher education.
  • While 60% of respondents are optimistic about the direction the American higher education system is going in, only 30% felt as if the higher education system is currently the best in the world.
  • Surprisingly, this drops to 17 percent when asked about the next decade.

Surprised? Alarmed? I was at first. But then I felt something else. Excitement.

Years ago, disruption to the higher education business model was not something widely discussed among institutional leaders. But as these results indicate, disruption is starting to be embraced. Schools of all types and leaders at all levels are starting to reevaluate what it means to be relevant. Most agree that we don’t have time to watch “evolutionary change” make waves. These stats mean that something needs to happen and it needs to happen now.

They also mean that Blackboard is on the right path: we will continue working in partnership with institutions to reimagine the education experience to better support learners’ needs and expectations and help set them up for success. One of these ways is by bringing together leaders at BbWorld this week to discuss how we can work together to build a new way for learning to happen. BbWorld is designed to set up forums where we can ask the hard questions and address our collective needs.

I’ll be tweeting from the event at #BbWorld14 and encourage you to join in the conversation this week and beyond. You can find me at @KCBlot.

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