November 27-30, 2012
Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, HI
*This is a draft agenda for planning purposes. It is still in development.
Tuesday, Nov 27
4:00 pm | New Council Member Orientation
6:00 pm | Welcome Reception & Dinner
Wednesday, Nov 28
9:00 - 9:15 am | Welcome Plenary and Retreat Objectives
9:15 - 10:30 am | Richard DeMillo: The March from Abelard to Apple: Personalization, Scale and Perfect Education
Richard DeMillo has a warning for colleges and universities in the Middle ( educational institutions which, while reputable, are not considered equal to the elite and entrenched upper echelon of prestigious schools): if you do not change, you are heading for irrelevance and marginalization. DeMillo will argue that these institutions, clinging precariously to a centuries-old model of higher education, are ignoring the social, historical, and economic forces at work in today’s world.
DeMillo will explain how higher education arrived at its current perilous state and offer a roadmap for the twenty-first century. He will describe the evolving model for higher education and offer ten rules to help colleges reinvent themselves (including “Don’t romanticize your weaknesses”). With the current frenzied focus on innovations like Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), universities have pivoted toward technology on a breathtaking scale; this talk will address the question of whether it matters. The message for most institutions might be: “You are making a strategic investment in a commodity that will soon be freely available to everyone. Worse, you are using it to automate a business model that will soon be irrelevant.”
There is a lesson in this kind of technological change, and it is likely to rock higher education. Technology like this is ubiquitous. It is capable of providing a personalized experience to its users. It is a lesson that is mocked by traditionalists who cling to a belief in the innate superiority of their relationship with their students and other stakeholders. But their critiques ring hollow. It is within the power of technology to deliver better educational experiences on a massive scale, and in the face of such market forces, incumbents are at a severe disadvantage. It would be a strange quirk of the universe if somehow education were exempt from what seems to be a fundamental human dynamic.
10:30 – 10:45 am | Break
10:45 am – Noon | Amber Case: Technology for the Future: Building teams and encouraging systems of growth in higher education
While attending Lewis & Clark College, Amber Case built a company with a small collection of her peers. The college had no innovation or entrepreneurship program, but Case and her friends developed techniques to make it happen on their own. Now others want to follow suit, but often can't find the way. There are a number of potential technology, funding, and support programs that would make it easier for these students. Often there is a disconnect between assumptions about what students need and what they actually need. As Karl Fisch said in Did You Know, “We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” How can we prepare students for a drastically different employment landscape in 2014-2018?
Today, Case runs a successful startup company in Portland, Oregon, employing a group of developers almost exclusively from a particular innovation group at the U of Oregon. What made these students more employable than those from her college? The answer lies in the small structure of an "in-between" incubator group, which prepares college students for the real world with real projects while still residing on campus.
In this talk, Case will discuss the challenges and opportunities for technology programs in higher education, as well as the growing group of students who feel that a higher education no longer makes sense for them. She'll share some of her employees’ experiences as well as her own. The talk will cover open source and proprietary software, student opportunity, choice making, vendor lock-in and what CIOs can do to help higher education facilities become shining stars for future students and industries.
Noon – 1:00 pm | Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 pm | Breakout Sessions to Discuss Presentations
3:00 – 6:00 pm | Committees Meetings/Unstructured time
6:00 pm | Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
6:30 pm | Dinner
Thursday, Nov 29
9:00 - 9:15 am | Guidance on Program Assessment & New Proposals Discussions
9:30 – 10:30 am| Breakout Sessions - Past Program Assessment
10:30 – 11:00 am | Break
11:00 am – Noon | Breakout Sessions - Future Program Proposals
Noon – 1:00 pm | Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 pm | Plenary Discussion - Program Assessment & Future Programs
2:30 – 3:45 pm | Committees Meetings/Unstructured time
4:00 – 9:00 pm | Polynesian Cultural Center Luau and Show
Friday, Nov 30
9:00 – 10:00 am | Plenary
10:15 – 11:30 am | Resolution/Vote on Future Programs
11:30 am | Adjourn