Disrupting college: How disruptive innovation can deliver quality and affordability in postsecondary education


Feb 12, 2011

Higher education is in crisis across the nation. America’s colleges and universities are strapped for resources, students and families are faced with eye-popping tuition increases, and we are falling behind other developed nations in postsecondary attainment.

At the Center for American Progress on February 8, 2011, Clayton Christensen and I unveiled our latest work about how disruptive innovation can help frame many of the challenges our higher education system faces and help us chart a path forward. Louis Caldera and Louis Soares of the Center for American Progress joined us as coauthors and participants in the event.

The event was a lively one. Participants included Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to President Obama for education in the White House Domestic Policy Council; Louis Soares; myself; Professor Christensen; Matt Miller, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress; Bob Mendenhall, the president of Western Governor’s University; Eric Fingerhut, chancellor of the Board of Regents of the State of Ohio; and Martha Laboissiere, an assistant principal at McKinsey.

Read the full report here.

Michael is a co-founder and distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute. He currently serves as Chairman of the Clayton Christensen Institute and works as a senior strategist at Guild Education.