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Higher Education's Big Rethink New Publication:


Higher Education's Challenge to Change in the Face of the Pandemic, Inequity and Racism

Written and Edited by Students and Faculty of the Georgetown Masters Program in Learning, Design and Technology

(Higher Education's Big Rethink Initiative)

A free digital publication exploring the impact of the unprecedented events of 2020 and the potential for transformation in higher education—produced collaboratively by graduate students and faculty in Georgetown’s Program in Learning, Design and Technology

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the idea of “opening” has loomed large and led to many challenges and questions. The crisis also has generated a set of transformational openings:

  • The pivot to remote instruction opened higher education’s eyes to the inequitable circumstances surrounding students and technology.

  • The violent deaths of Black men and women, and subsequent protests, opened an unprecedented conversation about systemic racism and racial justice at colleges and universities everywhere.

  • The consequential emerging demands for educational adaptation, as well as the call for racial justice on campuses, gives higher education new openings for creating and sustaining meaningful change.

Harvested and edited from a series of interviews with higher education leaders, Openings lays out the landscape of challenges arising from the events of 2020, and offers the foundations for a transformative agenda emerging from the COVID-19 crisis and events related to racial justice.

The Voices

Isis Artze-Vega, Valencia College

Ed Ayers, University of Richmond

Brian Beatty, San Francisco State University

Aras Bozkurt, Andalou University

Adam Bush, College Unbound

Lori Carrell, Univ of Minnesota, Rochester

Robin DeRosa, Plymouth State University

Steve Ehrmann, George Washington Univ. (Ret.)

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Michigan St. University

Gina Garcia, University of Pittsburgh

Kevin Gannon, Grand View University

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Temple University

Phil Hill, MindWires/PhilonEdTech

Sabrina Manville, Edmit

Noah Pickus, Duke University

David Scobey, Bringing Theory to Practice

Lester Spence, Johns Hopkins

David Staley, The Ohio State University

Lené Whitley-Putz, Foothill College

Big Rethink Interview Page
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