Higher Education Needs to Get Comfortable With Trial and Error
Bridget Burns, The Hechinger Report
Too many institutions, in focusing on competition, rankings and prestige, have given short shrift to their role in growing the middle class and helping less advantaged Americans move up, writes Bridget Burns, founding executive director of the University Innovation Alliance, in this op-ed.
Better outcomes and graduation rates are possible for underrepresented and low-income students if institutions work together and share what they've learned, she says. This week, the UIA released results from its own work to improve student success—lessons it believes can be applied at institutions across the country.