Tuesday, August 28, 2007

[TIPS] the spawning of a University

How do you start a University? And don't say, "Start with a four year college and then change your name." How do you start one from the ground up? What an interesting challenge that is, isn't it? That's what's going on at the Harrisburg University.


I just had a fascinating conversation with one of the people in charge of recruiting students and faculty to become a part of this new University. She talked about the kinds of students who would be attracted to the programs being offered there, and I was struck with how well I think that MY learning style would have fit well here. The classes are small, and since it’s new the students and the professors are exploring together and sharing and building the program as they go. Consider an established curriculum, for example. There may be (aka probably ARE) courses in that program that haven’t been updated in years, and in THIS field of learning technology (http://www.harrisburgu.net/academics/graduate/ltms.php) a couple of years is ancient history. We talked today about blogs, wikis, google docs, and other web 2.0 tools and how the program will use those tools as they teach. It really sounded very up-to-speed with current technology trends and tools.


A new university is in a catch 22 situation. It needs students to get started, but it needs to HAVE students to attract students. It’s a tough position. But, it’s going to work, if what I”ve seen of the dedication of the staff is any indication.


So, for those of you who are in the research stages of deciding on your master’s college and degree, Harrisburg University just may be right up your alley. This is for educators as well as business leaders. After all, learning doesn’t stop when you take ‘the walk.’


Did this sound like a commercial? I didn’t mean it to. I just wanted to highlight the efforts of those who are building a university from the ground up. VERY cool!

1 comment:

Joe Thibault said...

Who wouldn't want the chance to start a University from the ground up! Just thinking about it gets me all fired up.

I hope that the administrators are taking a long, hard look at the extras so many higher ed. institutions throw at their students just to keep up with their peers...

Thanks for the post, Jim!