By Keenan A Mount
L&C hosted Author and Scholar of Higher Education Arthur Levine on campus in February. Levine co-wrote “The Great Upheaval, Higher Education’s Past, Present, and Uncertain Future,” a book that aims to chronicle higher education’s continued transformation.
Levine and College President Ken Trzaska hosted and facilitated open forum talks.
“Team members, faculty, students and even community guests were engaged and inspired by Levine’s keen insights,” said Trzaska.
Levine’s and Trzaska discussions focused on the same subject of the adaptation of higher education to modernization. Several of the discussions were formatted in an open forum style. This formatting allowed for conversational discussions that included staff and faculty. Levine made sure to emphasize this when talking and encouraged those participating to talk freely with him.
Trzaska was familiar with Levine’s work and Levine himself prior to the event. Trzaska had met Levine at a Harvard event for newly appointed college presidents. Trzaska was, at the time of their meeting, the president of Seward Community College in Kansas.
Competency-based education (CBE) and blendflex/hyflex were methods in modernization that were highlighted in the discussions. Blendflex courses can be attended virtually or in person. Hyflex courses offer virtual, in person or online options.
CBE is a new trend in higher education. It is a method of course delivery that is based on students demonstrating mastery of a subject. It focuses on students showing what they know and applying the concepts they’ve learned while working at their own pace.
Many CBE classes are offered on a subscription pay basis, and students can complete the courses early or pay for more time.