COVID-19 meets Higher Education: Fissures exposed & opportunities revealed

  •  In the spring semester of 2020, COVID-19 swept across the world and caused chaos throughout higher

  • The pandemic highlighted the industry's shortcomings, and has offered insight into how to transform higher education to meet the needs of the 21st century.

  • In this session we will discuss how applying process management can provide lasting transformation to higher education.

  • Featuring from Van Allen Strategies:

    • Karen Yoshino, PhD, Associate, Higher Education Subject Matter Expert. 

    • Jake Hannigan, Business Development Strategist & Education Services Manager

  • All invited to session in Wharton DC's "Future of Education" Series

Fissures exposed

  • • Rapid conversion resulted in poor student and faculty experience (remote v online learning)
  • • Faculty underprepared to teach online
  • • Face-to-face model does not easily translate into online (remote v online learning)
  • • Institutions lacked processes to deal with COVID-19

Opportunities revealed

  • • Faculty resistance to use of online technology was overcome
  • • Awakening appreciation for instructional design
  • • Opportunity to introduce new practices in instructional design, curriculum design, online
  • pedagogy
  • • Pushes institutions to become more agile to better prepare students for the 21st century
  • • To do this at scale will require planning and process management

While higher education has no shortage of coherent strategy, it has often lagged in execution without a
clear way to bring big ideas to life in the classroom.
Van Allen Strategies Overview

  • Since COVID-19 swept over the world, VAS has worked with organizations in adapting to the “new normal”. The pandemic has highlighted the industry’s shortcomings. Valuing optimism, we firmly believe that the best is yet to come for higher education. By embracing this disruption and learning to become more agile, America’s higher education system can become better prepared for the 21st century.
  • Van Allen Strategies (“VAS”) is a B2B technology and strategy firm bringing creative thinking and an outside perspective to your table. It helps clients capitalize on the talent, resources, and earned value you’ve built while finding new opportunities to do business better. Since 2014 VAS has helped companies from growing startups to household names plan and execute big projects at scale, integrate enterprises, and transform operations.

Who should attend:

  • Anyone interested in higher education for themselves or their family members
  • HR and Human Capital Professionals who need to train to retain their colleagues
  • Everyone who who wants to upgrade their skills, online or otherwise, to improve hiring prospects
  • All professional in the higher education space who want to improve their institution's likelihood to survive the dramatic transformation that has already started and appears to be accelerating
  • Q&A to follow
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Our Speakers

  • • Karen Yoshino, PhD, Associate, Higher Education Subject Matter Expert.

    • Karen YoshimoKaren Yoshino’s decades of experience in higher education, regional accreditation, and standardized testing combine with her expertise in higher education leadership resulting in a unique resource for herclients. Karen’s consulting includes competency-based education program design, outcomesassessment planning and design, online program strategy, and analytics for program improvement. Her work in competency-based education includes public and private higher education, corporate and government clients. Karen’s work as an educational consultant began in 2006 as a subject matter expert in assessing student learning outcomes. In this capacity, Karen has helped clients in the US and around the world including Hong Kong, Australia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Mexico.
  • • Jake Hannigan, Business Development Strategist & Education Services Manager.
    • Jake Hannigan has spent his career growing and developing start-ups in the education and
      1605809362332technology industries. Upon the COVID-19 outbreak, Jake has helped guide Van Allen Strategies through the global crisis and has expanded VAS’ reach into higher education. Jake has worked closely with Karen in developing products and services designed to guide higher education through the pandemic and chart a course for the 21st century.
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11:45 am - 12:00 pm -- Virtual Networking on Zoom Meetings, in virtual breakout rooms, if enough people sign up

12:00 - 1:00 pm Presentation, including shared screen for slides and Q&A

1:00 - 1:15 pm: Further virtual networking  

  • REGISTER for THIS EVENT (Free for Members, President's Club Members (Yourself and 2 guests all comped). 
  • Others: Early Bird: 19/person for all Non-Members (through December 5), 29/person after
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11:45AM - 1:00PM Tue 8 Dec 2020, Eastern timezone

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Look Who's Coming:

Alan Schlaifer
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Jake Hannigan
  Van Allen Strategies
Karen Yoshino, PhD
  Van Allen Strategies
Claudia Meer
Marilyn Carlson
Justine Schaffner
  Campus Consulting, LLC
Guest of Justine Schaffner
  Campus Consulting, LLC
Guest of Justine Schaffner
  Campus Consulting, LLC
Frank Ganis
Van Goodwin
Jacob Dolence
Thomas Bourne
Julie Hannigan
... a total of 13 guests.
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