Productivity, Technology, and Innovation

Recent financial constraints mean that universities cannot depend on extra money to solve problems like stagnant graduation rates, high rates of remediation, and poor student performance. Instead, the future of higher education depends on its becoming more productive and innovative, often through the use of technology. Learn more about our Productivity, Technology, and Innovation work.

Recent financial constraints mean that universities cannot depend on extra money to solve problems like stagnant graduation rates, high rates of remediation, and poor student performance. Instead, the future of higher education depends on its becoming more productive and innovative, often through the use of technology. In our work on this issue, we write about cutting edge reforms that fundamentally challenge the structure of the modern university and its classes. We discuss how becoming more productive is the best way for colleges to solve issues of cost and stagnant learning. We look at how better use of data and technology can significantly improve teaching and help educators judge programs. We also examine the roadblocks to innovation and talk about what needs to change at the institutional, state, and federal level to make higher education more open for reform.