For the first time, the Nine Shift seminar introduced an example of a new model for higher education. Highlighting the new model are customized learning plans, laptops, and a change of resource allocation.
The new model comes from the work at Pewaukee, Wisconsin, public schools, which earned the school district a Malcolm Baldridge quality award. The districted boosted the percentage of students it sends to college to 92 percent from 79 percent and the percentage graduating from high school to 98 percent.
This is the first example of an educational institution implementing customized learning plans for each of its students. Nine Shift predicts customized learning plans will be at the core of the new model for higher education.
This post was written by William A. Draves, who authored "Nine Shift: Work, Life, and Education in the 21st Century" with Julie Coates. Their latest book is "Pedagogy of the 21st Century." This post originally appeared on the Nine Shift blog.
Photo: "Brilliant seminar," Jennifer Luddy, Middlesex Community College, Lowell, Mass.