- To describe how some colleges and universities have been (re)shaping themselves in order to make sustainable gains in educational quality, access, and affordability at scale, and
- From their experiences, to suggest a conceptual framework and implementation principles that can be used to pursue such 3fold gains more effectively and efficiently.
There's a lot of research and writing still to do. The book probably won't be published until late 2018 or early 2019.Recently, the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group invited me to give a webinar on some of the most important findings and suggestions emerging from the book. A video of the event is on YouTube at http://bit.ly/3Fold-FRLV-Feb18. My talk begins at 6:37 into the video, pauses for 20 minutes at 50:16, picks up again at 1:10:48 and concludes at 1:22:15. In the talk itself lasts less than an hour. The book analyzes a number of case histories; some points about Georgia State University's recent history and achievements are included in the talk.
Some Tentative Findings:
- Pursuing three gains (in quality, access, and affordability) as three independent agendas is probably not the best way to actually achieve such improvements in institutional and program outcomes.
- Instead create a single constellation of changes over the years that, as a group, cumulatively improves elements of quality, access, and affordability. ("pursuing 3fold gains")
- There are three major ways to conceive of how how learning should be organized. Each suggests a different, incompatible way to pursue 3fold gains.
- Institutional case histories also suggest that, for 3fold gains to be sustained at scale, the constellation of changes needs to include targeted improvements aligned across:
- Educational strategies,
- Organizational foundations (including culture), to better sustain those strategies at scale, and
- Interactions with the wider world that also influence the sustainability of the institution's educational strategies.