Prototyping Workshop: Case Study – Redesigning Higher Education for 2020 and Beyond

WDT ART Higher Ed April 12 2016 Master

Prototyping Workshop: Case Study – Redesigning Higher Education for 2020 and Beyond

18:52 26 March in Uncategorized

From 5.30 pm until 8.30 pm

At 1871 Chicago

222 West Merchandise Mart - 12th floor, Chicago, Il.

How Might We Redesign Higher Education for 2020 and Beyond?

Higher Ed is in the middle of a radical transformation.  It is predicted that 50% of our colleges will go bankrupt in 15 years.  College debt is impacting the future of individuals and the United States in general.  1 in 2 student borrowers are distressed.

Everyone is invited to collaborate and create solutions/recommendations.  We will have three speakers who will help use understand the complex issues impacting higher education. Their role is to help inform our conversation and get us thinking for our workshop. The only skills you need for this event and workshop are listening and collaboration abilities. Fun it will be!

Food, Beverages and Materials Included


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As with all our Designing Think workshops, our speakers activate our thinking and act as our subject matter experts. We take their knowledge and then break into groups of 5-7 people. Each group will be led through the Design Thinking process to consider how they might redesign higher education. At the end we will come back together and each group will present their ideas.

5:30 Networking

6:00 Speakers

6:30 Prototyping Workshop: Designing Solutions

8:00 Presentations

8:30 Goodbye



Ce Cole Dillon, Chief Operating Officer Student Loan 411 LLC

The Evolving Higher Education Business Model - Student Loans

•Overview: The traditional business model used by colleges and universities is failing all stakeholders, particularly (US) students who are being priced out of educational, and therefore, work opportunities.  We have state budget cuts that are forcing students out of their colleges. We have student debt that has reached catastrophic impact with 1 in 2 borrowers are destressed.

Lisa Schumacher,  Program Director Startup Institute

Meeting the Ever Evolving Skill Needs of Business “Now”

•Overview: The four-year or two-year cycles of our traditional education approach is failing to meet workforce skill needs of rapidly evolving businesses. For profit entities have emerged as well as 4 month programs. How does this all fit the future education landscape?

Kitty Vorisek, EVP DHR International

Urbanization and Globalization of Business and Talent

•Our traditional higher education system is not delivering a workforce prepared to prosper and lead in the increasingly global market place.


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