Past Event

Disrupting College

How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability in Postsecondary Education

2:00 - 4:00 PM EST

Higher education is in crisis across the nation. America’s colleges and universities are strapped for resources, students and families are faced with eye-popping tuition increases, and we are falling behind other developed nations in postsecondary attainment.

Many experts and policymakers are asking if the business model of higher education is broken. We need a new way of thinking about how colleges can fulfill their role in society without breaking the bank. Clayton Christensen offers an explanation of the changes in higher education through the lens of disruptive innovation, showing how new technologies like online education are forcing colleges and policymakers to rethink the way they deliver education.

To advance this policy discussion, the Center for American Progress, in collaboration with Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn, has published a new paper, "Disrupting College: How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability in Postsecondary Education." Join CAP, Dr. Christensen and a panel of experts to discuss "Disrupting College."

Opening Remarks:
Louis Soares, Director of the Postsecondary Education Program, Center for American Progress

Keynote Speaker:
Roberto Rodríguez, Special Assistant to President Obama for Education, White House Domestic Policy Council

Paper presentation:
Michael Horn, Executive Director of Education, Innosight Institute

Featured panelists:
Clayton Christensen, Innosight Institute, Harvard Business School
Eric Fingerhut, Chancellor, Board of Regents, State of Ohio
Martha Laboissiere, Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company
Robert Mendenhall, Chief Executive Officer, Western Governors University

Moderated by:
Matt Miller, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress