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 B. Horn
    Michael B. Horn

    Michael B. Horn is Co-Founder, Distinguished Fellow, and Chairman at the Christensen Institute.