The Innovative University explores how and why universities must change to ensure future success. For most of their histories, traditional universities have had no serious competition except from institutions with similar operating models. Now, however, there are disruptive for-profit competitors offering online degrees. Traditional universities have valuable qualities and capacities that can offset those disruptors’ advantages, so how can institutions of higher education think constructively and creatively about their response to the impending challenge?
Throughout the book the authors apply Christensen’s acclaimed theory of disruptive innovation to higher education. Through a penetrating examination of the histories and current transformations of two very different universities—Harvard and BYU-Idaho—and using other illustrative examples, The Innovative University explores how universities can find innovative, less costly ways of performing their uniquely valuable functions and ensure their ongoing economic vitality, thereby saving themselves from decline and possible disruption. The Innovative University reveals how the traditional university survives by breaking with tradition, but thrives by building upon what it’s done best.