It is time to push back at least a little on this very fashionable rubric. While the NEBHE Conference on the subject was generally excellent, especially in the morning, its uncritical acceptance of the whole idea was worrisome. See Center of Attention: Learners.
A fundamental problem is its metaphor. There can be only one “center” of anything, so the question is: In institutions of what use...
Last week, NEBHE convened 300 or so educators and policy leaders for a gathering in Boston on “Learner-Centered Institutions: The Future of Higher Education.”
One key question … what is a “learner-centered institution” anyway? The latest in a torrent of meaningless eduspeak? Or as the conference subtitle suggested, a true paradigm shift in the way we teach and learn?
Join NEBHE in celebrating Black leaders in higher education this #BlackHistoryMonth! Read about Dr. Ruth Simmons, the first Black President of an Ivy League. She is also set to deliver @Harvard's 2021 commencement. We celebrate Simmons' work in #highered this month & every month!
Join NEBHE in celebrating Black innovators, scholars, & leaders in higher education this #BlackHistoryMonth! Read more about Lois Rice, a pioneering public policy leader & "mother of the Pell Grant". We celebrate Lois's pioneering work in #highered this month & every month!