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Higher Ed's 'Top 10 Influencers'

Higher_Eds_Top_10_Influencers.jpgForbes magazine recently listed the “top influencers” of Higher Education 2015. The writer, John Ebersole, said he selected them because their reach extends far beyond a single campus or system, and because they encompass American education in a broad sense, including “older, post-traditional students that now constitute the majority of all enrollments.”

Here is the list:

  1. Anthony Carnevale, research professor and director of Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce. His reports and presentations have long influenced higher education policy. Last year the Center published 11 major reports.
  2. Andrew Kelly, resident scholar and director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute, for providing thoughtful analysis and commentary and gathering leaders in his “Working Group.”
  3. Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, a tireless advocate for competency-based education and for work with unconventional programs.
  4. Burck Smith, CEO and founder of Straighterline, and co-founder of Smarthinking, the industry-defining online tutoring company that provides quality affordable instruction working with rather than against Higher Ed.
  5. Amy Laitinen, director for Higher Education at the New America Foundation, who advocated for greater acceptance and use of CBE.
  6. InsideTrack of San Francisco, which combines coaching and analytics to increase student retention and graduation.
  7. Judith Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, a thoughtful, outspoken advocate for accreditation.
  8. The Lumina Foundationwho provided grants and research to increase credential attainment.
  9. Paul Shiffman, CEO of the Presidents Forum, who advocated for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), a process for meeting federal regulations on cross-border, online education.
  10. Michael Goldstein, a partner in the Cooley law firm, who has been involved with schools becoming non-profits and a voice in favor of “rational regulation” of higher education and of online learning.

To read the full article and more details on the rationale behind the picks, click here.


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