by Donald M. Norris, Robert Brodnick, Paul Lefrere, Joseph E. Gilmour, Linda L. Baer, and Ann Hill Duin
“A look at what the future looked like in 1995, and what happened in higher ed as we moved through seventeen years to 2013? Then, a look ahead . . . Remember: Just because we are changing a great deal does not mean we are transforming.”
Eighteen years ago, the SCUP ebook, Transforming Higher Education—A Vision for Learning in the 21st Century, was a higher education bestseller. In this new monograph, co-author and SCUP Distinguished Service Award recipient Donald M. Norris and his team review what the Academy was doing and thinking in 1995, and what has happened since. They take stock of the present and look back at it from the perspective of 2020. Pragmatically, they suggest dual paths forward. Which will your institution take? Path A, reposition the core? Path B, leap into the future? Or perhaps, as the authors suggest, both?
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Donald Norris is president and founder of Strategic Initiatives, a management consulting firm that specializes in leading and navigating change, crafting and executing strategy, and enhancing enterprise performance. He is recognized as a thought leader and expert practitioner whose clients have included a blue-chip roster of corporations, colleges and universities, and associations and other non-profit organizations. Norris is currently directing consulting projects exploring breakthrough approaches to optimizing student success; improving performance through shared and managed services; and accelerating entrepreneurship, innovation, and the commercializing of ideas from universities. He is a provocative author and practitioner in transformative change, organizational development, and analytics. Before becoming a consultant he was a researcher and administrator at the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Michigan, and Virginia Tech. These experiences culminated in his serving for six years in the position of director of planning and policy analysis at the University of Houston. Later, he became a senior fellow at the Institute for Educational Transformation at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the La Jolla Institute. Dr. Norris has co-authored a series of books and monographs for the Society for College and University Planning that have dramatically influenced the field of strategic planning over the past 30 years: A Guide for New Planners (1984), Transforming Higher Education: A Vision for Learning in the 21st Century (1995), Unleashing the Power of Perpetual Learning (1997), Transforming e-Knowledge: A Revolution in the Sharing of Knowledge (2003), and A Guide to Planning for Change (2008.) Norris was awarded SCUP’s 1994 Distinguished Service Award.