LACOL2020 Keynote: How to Change Institutions with Purpose

Keynote from Matthew Rascoff
Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation
Duke University

Rascoff for website

Date and Time: Thursday, June 25, 4:00pm
Location: Paresky Center, Williams College
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Education has borrowed the language of disruptive innovation from the business world but disruption does not account for the complexity of how to make change in mission-driven contexts. While Silicon Valley cheers as startups take on incumbents, in academia institutions play vital roles in communities. Their longevity is a value shared by many stakeholders. What happens when the value of higher education is so commonly called into question? How can colleges maintain their values and sustain themselves in the face of a crisis of affordability? 

Education needs new frameworks to make the case for change. In this talk, Matthew Rascoff will propose a model of innovation drawn from the history of education innovation. He will describe a four-step cycle of founding, hybridization, complexity, and simplification. This cycle describes how educational institutions have evolved and offers strategic lessons for academic leaders seeking to direct that evolution. 

This work is drawn from research underway by Rascoff and his collaborator and co-author Emily Levine, Associate Professor of Education, Stanford University. 

Speaker Bio

Matthew Rascoff is the Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at Duke University. He was previously Vice President and founder of the Office of Learning Technology & Innovation for the University of North Carolina system.

In 2012-13, Matthew launched JSTOR’s first international office in Berlin, where he was also a Fellow of the Bertelsmann Foundation and a strategic advisor to the Robert Bosch Foundation. He previously led product management teams at Wireless Generation, an education technology company. 

Earlier in his career Matthew helped launch the strategy group at ITHAKA, an incubator of higher education technology ventures (now Ithaka S+R). Matthew’s experience includes Google, where he worked on the Book Search operations team, and Katzenbach Partners, a strategy consulting firm. After undergraduate studies at Columbia University he did graduate work at Bogazici University in Istanbul on a Fulbright Scholarship. He also earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and represented the state of North Carolina as a German Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2013.