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The Benefits of Curiosity

Curiosity still lingers among all of us. Definitely a continuing sign of the times for so many colleges and universities and yet, there are often moments of mental stagnation among many members of a campus community. Unfortunately, complacency is not feasible today—or tomorrow.

David Suzuki noted, “The human brain had a vast memory storage. It made us curious and very creative. Those were the characteristics that gave us an advantage—curiosity, creativity and memory. And that brain did something very special. It invented an idea called the ‘future.’” This insight is so relevant for why higher education leadership and campus communities today must continue to be more edupreneurial about what they discuss, discern and decide to do: We really are in a transformational moment in time.

A recent article by Arthur Levine and Scott Van Pelt published in Inside Higher Ed authentically captured the reality of today for so many higher education organizations: “Industrial societies standardize time and process in the manner of an assembly line, one of the most successful technologies of the industrial age. In contrast, knowledge economies put a premium on standardizing outcomes. Time and price are variable. The university of the emerging era will have to embrace those shifting values. It must be rooted in outcomes rather than time and process.”

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There have been plenty of unsettling times the past two years, and many uncertainties are still lingering in the hearts and minds of so many in higher education. And while there is always the constant goal of achieving operational continuity, one of the most important mindsets today in the knowledge economy is to foster a culture of empathic curiosity, which means being curious about the thoughts and feelings of others as well as about the reasons for those thoughts and feelings. In other words, as you strive to be more edupreneurial and demonstrate informed perspectives, proactively ask others questions and actively listen. New ideas and viable solutions will definitely come to mind. Happy Halloween!


Future Realities

Identifying five new realities for higher ed’s future, Levine and Pelt advise looking at the margins where major changes are already taking place. (Source: Inside Higher Ed)


Some colleges are intentionally deciding buck the conventional notion of innovation in higher education that focuses on scaling up. (Source: Chronicle)

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Jon Marcus, a speaker at one of our past Summer Seminar conferences, and always shares great insights via multiple perspectives. (Source: Hechinger Report)