Higher Education Shifts Focus Towards Entrepreneurship

Dec 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM Jessica Beidelman Education Trends

The New York Times recently published an article entitled Universities Race to Nurture Start-Up Founders of the Futurehighlighting the pressure on institutions of higher learning to devote an increasing amount of resources to developing entrepreneurs. From Harvard's Innovation Lab to Boise State University's College of Innovation and Design, universities have become engaged in what the New York Times refers to as an "innovation arms race." 

Entrepreneurship and innovation are certainly required skills for success in the 21st century, and as colleges and universities move to embrace hands-on, project-based learning, it has become increasingly important for college matriculates to prepare themselves for the rigors of such learning environments. Taken in the context of K-12 education, to meet the demands of college, schools must increasingly devote learning resources to higher-order skills, such as entrepreneurship and design, so that students can succeed in college. Our recent blog post highlighted the increase in high school graduation among U.S. students, but New York Times' education reporter Motoko Rich wrote a recent article on a study that found that only a quarter of students in South Carolina were ready for college-level math or reading. 

How does an increase in entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education impact the skills we prioritize for K-12 learners? What lessons can we take from this shift at universities?