I'm en route to the promised land-otherwise known as Sausalito, California-to attend a three-day conference on envisioning the future of higher...
I'm en route to the promised land-otherwise known as Sausalito, California-to attend a three-day conference on envisioning the future of higher education. This year's DGREE summit, sponsored by Lens Ventures and the Lumina Foundation, will bring together forces that don't normally converge when the topic is education-venture capitalists and silicon valley entrepreneurs, small and big business, academics and thinkers from the foundation world. Oh, and journalists, too. Among the required viewing is Bennington College President Elizabeth Coleman's proclamation to reinvent liberal arts education from last year's TED Conference, Tara Lemmey's essay from the Huffington Post on how higher education might be retooled from the ground up, and "With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them," the first of a three-part study that surveyed more than 600 individuals, ages 22 to 30. It compares those who started a college degree but did not finish it with those who did. The findings of which are startling. So here's to interesting dialogue and talk of innovation. Also, one entirely selfish motivation-getting out of the 30-degree icebox that is New York City. As it concerns higher education, what are the policies, infrastructure and innovations needed to reinvent it? Dispatches to follow.Photo via