As rapid technological change reshapes the economy, the traditional four-year college experience may not be able to keep up. Employers worry that recent graduates lack both the technical and interpersonal skills to succeed in the workplace. And a growing number of working adults report that their college experience wasn't relevant to their daily lives.
What does the future hold for higher education – and how can new and emerging models address these challenges? Author and commentator Ryan Craig seeks to address these questions, and more, in his latest book, A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College, released this month. Join Ryan at GA for a discussion and Q&A about the book, his experience in higher ed policy and practice, and the changing landscape of education and training across the country.
About the Panelist
Ryan is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of University Ventures, an investment firm focused on creating new pathways from education to employment. Ryan’s commentary on where the puck is going in higher education regularly appears in the Forbes, TechCrunch, Inside Higher Education, and VentureBeat, among others. He is the author of College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education, which profiles the coming shift toward competency-based education and hiring. He is also the author of A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College, released this month, which describes the critical importance of last-mile training and the emergence of bootcamps, income share programs, and staffing models as preferred pathways to good first jobs.