CRITICAL ISSUES FACING HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY
Three macro-scale drivers: rising costs, technological change, and rapidly changing workforce needs, are disrupting the traditional model of higher education.
1. Rising Cost
Rising Cost: The rapidly rising cost of a college degree is limiting access and creating massive student debt. This decline in affordability is also challenging the value of a college degree and promoting the development of alternative models of higher education.
2. Technological Change
Emerging technologies (online, A.I., automation, big data, and advances in cognitive sciences) coupled with rising costs, are creating alternative educational opportunities and economic incentives that are attracting competition to and promoting disruption of, the current higher educational system.
3. Rapidly Changing Workforce Needs
The rate of change in the workplace is accelerating and producing dramatic shifts in skills needed to succeed. Digitization, robotics, artificial intelligence, and globalization are dramatically altering the nature of work and the associated skills and training needed.
HOW WE ORGANIZE
It is with consideration of these critical issues facing higher education that the College of Innovation + Design selects and invests in experiments that focus on:
- Innovation Within the University of Today. We catalyze and launch new programs, pathways, and partnerships that transcend the structural and cultural silos of traditional universities.
- Influencing the Shape of the Future University. Designing new models for higher education.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Ensure access for all students.
Lower cost and/or reduce debt associated with attending university.
Improve post-graduation employment prospects.
D. Research Impact
Showcase research efforts that are answering problems of importance to society and/or increasing student capacity to conduct research.
E. University Capacity
Innovate and grow internal systems and capabilities, increasing the operational flexibility of Boise State University.
CONNECTING AND CATALYZING ACROSS THE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY
VC 2013 Venture College: Launching ventures beyond the classroom
IEC 2014 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge: Statewide startup competition
GIMM 2015 Games, Interactive Media & Mobile Technology: Undergraduate degree program
LEAD 2015 Leadership Certificate Program: Training all students to be leaders
VIP 2015 Vertically Integrated Projects: Research experiences for all students
UXR 2016 User Experience Research: Research skills to informing strategic design decisions
HBS 2017 Harvard Business School Online: Building foundational business skills
HES 2017 Human-Environment Systems: Tackling complex environmental challenges
ESPORTS 2017 Varsity Esports: Varsity, national champion, globally recognized, video gaming sports program
SFI 2019 Society for Ideas: a micro-school for creativity
OP 2019 Onramp Program: Community, Creativity, Coding
UXD 2020 User Experience Design: Introduction to designing impactful user experiences