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The State of American Higher Education

            "The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out," was written by Clayton M. Christensen, and Henry J. Eyring in 2011. Christensen is a professor at Harvard Business School and Eyring is an administrator at BYU-Idaho. In this book, the authors explain to us why they believe American higher education is in deep trouble. In order to help us fully understand how higher education has changed, the authors gave us some history on American higher education along with an extended historical background of Harvard and BYU-Idaho. Then, they gave us a description of what higher education is like in today's age. The author's also talk about how institutions must continue to adapt to keep up with the changes in higher education. One of the concepts discussed in this book was sustaining and disruptive innovation. The author's provided their readers with great examples to help understand the two concepts. Along with their examples of successful institutions in higher education, they give recommendations to other institutions so they can survive the current revolution in American higher education. After reading the book, I too believe that American higher education is in fact at a crossroads. While the universities at the top will remain unscathed, other institutions will have to make the necessary changes to continue. In the book College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be, the author Andrew Delbanco included an excerpt from an article in the Washington Post titled "A Viral Revolution is Brewing for Colleges." The excerpt read: "Students starting school this year may be part of the last generation for which 'going to college' means packing up, getting a dorm room and listening to tenured professors. Undergraduate education is on the verge of a radical reordering. Colleges, like newspapers, will be torn apart by new ways of sharing information enabled by the Internet.

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