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Developing a Modular Global Platform Strategy for Christian Higher Education


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As we move to a world driven by platforms, the strategy of Christian higher education needs to adjust. This presentation lays out a vision for how Christian higher education might adjust its strategy to compete in a global world dominated by platforms.


If this were a "flipped classroom," here would be my discussion questions:
Do you buy this vision and strategy? How can it be improved?

If you do buy this, how can we become change agents to get the larger movement of Christian higher education to adapt its strategy? Who are the key influencers that we need to reach? How can we help bring the change that is needed?

In this presentation I'm trying to capture some of of what I'm hoping will be come part of what the vision of Christian Higher Education Innovation Alliance might help do to achieve a "preferred future." What are your thoughts on the vision of CHEIA when it grows up?

The intended audience for this presentation is change agents (like those this group) rather than skeptics. I realize that there would need to be a different presentation targeting skeptics, but honestly, I think the best way to win them over will be not through presentations, but by creating new wineskins that demonstrate that this works.

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Developing a Modular Global Platform Strategy for Christian Higher Education

  1. 1. Developing a Modular Global Platform Strategy for Christian Higher Education Dr. Andrew Sears President, City Vision University
  2. 2. Background  Our $5,000 Degree Coverage in ◦  Christian Higher Education Innovation Alliance ◦!forum/cheia ◦ Developing a Christian counterpart to the University Innovation Alliance  My related Blog Post on ◦ ◦
  3. 3. Global Opportunity 100 Million Students in 2000 263 Million Students in 2025 (84% of growth in the developing world) Sources Karaim, R. (2011). Expanding higher education: should every country have a world-class university. CQ Global Researcher, 5(22), 525–572. Lutz, W., & KC, S. K. (2013). Demography and Human Development: Education and Population Projections. UNDP-HDRO Occasional Papers, (2013/04). Retrieved from 137 Million New Students Per Year in Developing Countries by 2025
  4. 4. - 200,000,000 400,000,000 600,000,000 800,000,000 1,000,000,000 1,200,000,000 1,400,000,000 1,600,000,000 1,800,000,000 2,000,000,000 1800 1900 1970 2000 2007 2025 Christian Membership by Region West South Status of Global Mission 2014, Todd Johnson
  5. 5. 1900 1970 2000 2007 2025 South 21% 59% 86% 91% 99% West 79% 41% 14% 9% 1% 21% 59% 86% 91% 99% 79% 41% 14% 9% 1% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 120% Growth of Christianity by Region Status of Global Mission 2014, Todd Johnson
  6. 6. • Higher education overall: about 222 schools make up one-third of enrollment. • Top 20 largest online schools account for one-third of online market. Source: Online Higher Education Market Update - Eduventures. (n.d.). Retrieved March 16, 2015, from Online Education = Consolidation Online likely to sustain 1/10 of current schools
  7. 7. Christian Mega-universities & Growth Liberty U 43% Grand Canyon U 39% All of CCCU 18% Estimated Growth Since 2005 Total Growth: 175,808 students Sources: Grand Canyon & Liberty U self-reporting, CCCU Enrollment Report.
  8. 8. Will Education Consolidation follow Media Consolidation?
  9. 9. Possible Future of Higher Education in 2030? Consolidation & Platform Coopetition Image Source: Wikimedia State Owned Megauniversities with 1 million+ Students Technology Platform Educational Networks Global Christian Education Platform
  10. 10. Three Possible Futures Technology Platform Dominant Future (40% decline in CHE) State MegaUniversities Dominant Future (40% decline in CHE) Christian Global Platform Growth Future (500% growth in CHE)
  11. 11. Framing the Challenge In the face of these trends, how can CHE achieve the preferred future of dramatic global growth? Global HE Growth Consolidation Growth of Christianity in the Majority World
  12. 12. Platform Competition is all About Scale: Is Education more Secular or Christian Globally? Perry L. Glanzer, "Dispersing the Light: The Status of Christian Higher Education around the Globe," Christian Scholar's Review 43 (2013): 321-43. Status of Global Mission 2014, Todd Johnson It depends on how frame the question
  13. 13. Three Categories of Christian Education ACCREDITED EDUCATION NONTRADITIONAL, BUT ACCREDITABLE EDUCATION Bible Colleges Christian Liberal Arts Colleges Christian Universities Seminaries Bible Institutes Ministry Experience Professional Experience Alternative Education Courses Bible Studies Sermons Educational Discipleship Programs Christian Radio, TV, Websites, Books & Apps Small Groups NONTRADITIONAL, NON- ACCREDITABLE EDUCATION PRIMARILY PARACHURCH PRIMARILY CHURCH Correspondence & Continuing Ed
  14. 14. Why CHE Should Accept More Non-traditional Credit 1. Non-traditional credit leverages the fact that the Church is the largest educational institution in the world 2. CHE needs to have an affordable competitive alternative to the pipeline from community college to state colleges 3. Unbundling and alternative credit recognition methods are increasing the ability to recognize non-traditional credit 4. 99% of the growth of Christianity is projected to be in non-Western countries that require radically different pricing levels 5. There is a great need in developing countries for capacity to meet growing demand for education 6. If CHE does not grant credit to legitimate non-traditional education of hundreds of millions of Christians, CHE is hurting the poor which will be shut out of more of the global economic system
  15. 15. We can’t repeat the mistakes of the past by expecting the majority world to wear the “suits” of Western accreditation, but there still must be appropriate standards and signals needed. Source: Wikipedia Article on Assimilation of Native Americans Higher Education vs. Tertiary Education vs. Vocational Education
  16. 16. City Vision’s Unbundled Base of the Pyramid Strategy Providing a $5,000 Degree Path to Developing Countries City Vision University Bachelor’s Degree Ministry Advanced Diploma Qualification Ministry Diploma Qualification Ministry Certificate Qualification Any University’s Bachelor’s Degree Advanced Diploma Qualification (any professional field) Diploma Qualification (any professional field) Certificate Qualification (any professional field) Level 3 Freshman University Degree Level 4 Sophomore Level 5 Junior or or or or See City Vision examples at: and Learn about qualification frameworks at: $3,500 $500-1,000 $500-1,000 $500-1,000 Blended Church- Based Education Accredited University Nontraditional Credit or Vocational Qualifications
  17. 17. Modular Universities = Lego Cities Monolithic Bundled Degrees Today Unbundled Education = Lego Blocks Modular Degrees & Credentials = Lego KitsInteroperable Standards Source:
  18. 18. Unbundling is Critical to Disruptive Innovation & Cost Unbundled (Modular) vs. Interdependent Architectures Over Time Image Source: Wikimedia
  19. 19. City Vision Growth Vision & Decreasing Costs 250 750 2,000 4,000 8,000 16,000 32,000 $3,000 $2,000 $1,750 $1,500 $1,000 $- $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 - 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Students MarginalCostPerStudent Students Marginal Cost Per Student Pricing would be above marginal cost.
  20. 20. City Vision’s Long-Term Unbundling & Rebundling Strategy Transformative Experience Access to Opportunity Metacognition & Skills Knowledge Acquisition (content) Univ. Open Education Industry Certifications LinkedIn & ePortfolios MOOCs & Apps Univ. Degree Ministry Workplace Transformation University Courses Books & Paid Courseware Prior Learning Internships & Externships Blended Learning in Developing Countries Alternative Ed Providers Capstone & Integration Courses Transformative Courses Church-Based Transformation International Qualifications (EQF) Student Mentors Christian Worldview Program Designers • Course market becomes more like book and software markets • Reduce cost & improve quality through outsourcing and partnerships • Christian content becomes more modular and less interdependent where possible • University becomes system integrator of content and tech platforms. Online Faculty Employer Partnerships Specialization increases productivity and reduces costs Course mentors often can be Church-based Partnerships with modular providers (especially in underdeveloped communities) creates jobs, reduce cost & improve quality Improve signaling & networking of “bottom half” to new value networks Vertically Integrated University Virtually Integrated University Transformative Experience Access to Opportunity Metacognition & Skills Knowledge Acquisition (content) Transformation is a core competency of the Church
  21. 21. Strategy for CHE in an Unbundled, Platform World  Christian accreditors should allow schools to accept at least 75% of undergraduate degrees from non-traditional sources of credit  CHE institutions should create special paths for students from developing countries with flexible acceptance of non-traditional credit  CHE institutions, churches, parachurches and funders should contribute to a healthy Christian open education resource ecosystem  More nontraditional Christian education should apply for credit under vocational qualification, ACE and other alternative credit standards  Christians and churches should financially support a healthy publisher market for educational content, apps & subscriptions  Digital publishers should support a “digital gleaning” policy with radical discounts to developing countries
  22. 22. Industry Map: Supporting a Healthy Christian Tertiary Educational Ecosystem ACCREDITED HIGHER EDUCATION NONTRADITIONAL, BUT ACCREDITABLE EDUCATION MOOCs & Open Ed Udemy, Coursera, EdX, Futurelearn Open2study, Udemy, Khan Academy, Duolino Alison, YouTube, iTunesU, Open Learn, OLI Christian Mega Universities Liberty, Grand Canyon Christian Universities CCCU, IAPCHE, Overseas Council Paid Courseware Pearson, Mcgraw-Hill,, Skillshare, Pluralsight, Dream Degree Acrobatiq, Cengage, CogBooks, Flat World Bible Colleges ABHE Schools, ISETT, ATS Online Christian Universities CCCU, TRACS, DEAC, IAPCHE ACE Credit Straighterline, Saylor, Ed4Online EdX, JumpCourse, Pearson, Sofia UC Irvine Extension, Modern States Christian Free & Open Courses,,, Global University Global Reach, Open Biola, Covenant Seminary, Regent Luxvera, Christian Leaders Institute,,, Coram Deo, Multiply Movement, Christian Courseware and Subscriptions Right Now Media, Knowledge Elements, Logos Mobile Ed, Zondervan,, Ligonier Connect Bible Institutes 10’s of thousands globally Open Textbooks,,, Missions/Ministry Training i.e. YWAM U Nations Vocational Qualification Providers >50% of global market, 10’s of thousands of Training Centers Ministry & Professional Experience Prior Learning Assessment Blended Learning Study Centers (in churches and ministries) Christian Continuing Education,,,,,,,,,, Secular Partners Seminaries ATS TERTIARYEDUCATION
  23. 23. Outline of Free Course in Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education 1. Disruptive Innovation Theory Applied to Higher Education 2. Understanding What’s Driving Change in Traditional Higher Education 3. Economics of Traditional Online Education 4. Emerging Markets and Courseware Platforms 5. Unbundling and Rebundling Strategies in Higher Education 6. Unbundling and the Changing Role of Faculty 7. Lean Startup for Education 8. Demographic and Economic Trend Analysis 9. College Access & the Race between Technology and Education 10. Change Agents & Diffusion of Innovation Available on Udemy, iTunes U, YouTube & Slideshare