Summarized by Mary McCann
As college enrollment rates continue to decrease nationally, it becomes ever more necessary for universities to find a solution. Mike Silagadze, CEO of tech start up Top Hat, believes that colleges should take a look at Silicon Valley for the answer. Businesses in Silicon Valley take a “customer first mindset”, and colleges could take a student first mindset by evaluating the needs of incoming and present students.
Small changes like providing digital textbooks and coursework, or streamlining due dates of assignments on digital platforms (much like SCSU’s D2L Brightspace), could help meet the needs of students. A switch to digital content would not only be more relatable for students, it would also be easier on their wallets, allowing more students to enroll.
Silagadze, M. (2017). Silicon valley in the classroom: What universities could learn from the googles of the world. Forbes. Retreived from