In Focus | Leadership in Higher Education

Today’s higher education leaders must know the history of their institutions and the essential role they play in advancing the social good, says Kelly Otter, Ph.D., Dean of Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. Yet at the same time, they must respond to the demands of our rapidly changing society by rethinking how universities can approach this critical mission. “In the knowledge economy, it is simply not possible to compress everything the students need to know into the traditional structure of a course or a particular semester of learning,” Otter tells Stephanie Kim, Ph.D., Faculty Director for the Master’s in Higher Education Administration. Instead, Otter says, colleges must give students the tools they need to critically assess information throughout their lives.

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