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The Education Industry Group & EIA Release: The Education Industry, 2002-2012: The Era of Resilience
Jun. 11, 2013 - BOSTON -- Michael R. Sandler of the Education Industry Group (http://www.educationindustrygroup.com)and Steven Pines of the Education Industry Association (http://www.educationindustry.org/)are pleased to announce the release of The Education Industry, 2002-2012: The Era of Resilience, a white paper for the Education Industry Association. The Era of Resilience details the stories of the new generation of entrepreneurs who are exploring new business models and innovative applications in education.
“Documenting the history and future of social entrepreneurship in education is both a professional charge and a personal endeavor. I remain committed to answering the question: How could the strength of America’s strongest asset – private sector – contribute to the improvement of the country’s greatest need – education? I am grateful for passionate innovators – named and unnamed – who have brought this asset to bear to continue to improve the state of education and make the industry what it is today,” said Sandler.
The authors present the evolution of the education industry over the last 20 years as a trilogy. With the first two chapters behind us, this paper posits that we are about to embark on the third chapter, in which a sustainable and vibrant education industry will not only exist, but become truly vital and scalable.
The initial years of the industry were detailed in a 2002 EIA whitepaper, The Emerging Education Industry: The First Decade(http://www.educationindustry.org/assets/documents/Knowled...). Some of the pioneers of the industry continued to innovate and flourish in recent years while others faced insurmountable challenges. They were the visionaries who were prepared to pave the way to create opportunities for themselves and others.
The Education Industry: Era of Resilience endeavors to capture the stories of those entrepreneurs who embarked on a path driven by new business models and innovative applications of technology and the Internet, and certainly influenced by public dissatisfaction with our nation’s schools.
This chapter is titled The Era of Resilience because these challenges and obstacles required endurance on the part of the industry pioneers and provided new opportunities for the trailblazers that continue to influence the industry. Capital and funding models, the dot-com bust, and recession presented a variety of obstacles for industry players. This breed of trailblazers is committed to the long-term sustainability of the industry as its entrepreneurs and enterprises weathered the storm of trials and built a solid infrastructure of innovative solutions through business models that secured access to capital while providing positive outcomes for our nation’s students.
The challenge presented in The Era of Resilience is a call to action for established and new players in the education industry to unite and shape the next chapter of the education industry. It will be in this time period that its sustainability is bound to be tested. Now more than ever, education entrepreneurs will be compelled to prove their outputs, outcomes, and accomplishments. Investors, philanthropists, government regulators, district and school leaders, and even parents and students will increasingly pressure companies operating in the education industry to present evidence of their effectiveness.
To read The Era of Resilience in its entirety, please visit: http://www.educationindustry.org/assets/documents/KnowledgeCenterDocs/the_education_industry-era_of_resilience.pdf
About the Author
Michael R. Sandler is Senior Advisor to The Parthenon Group (http://www.parthenon.com/), a global strategy consulting firm focused on education and based in Boston, MA. Sandler is a lifelong entrepreneur, who has built a successful career both in business and education. Sandler is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Education Industry Group (http://www.educationindustrygroup.com/), and authored the book, Social Entrepreneurship in Education: Private Ventures for the Public Good (http://www.socialentrepreneurshipineducation.com/).
About the Education Industry Association (EIA)
EIA (http://www.educationindustry.org/) serves as the leading voice for education entrepreneurs, advocating for the interests of businesses in the PreK – 12 market and serving as the knowledge center, which integrates best practices and research that raise student achievement through innovation and improvement strategies.
Successful entrepreneurship requires speed and nimbleness in the market. Michael R. Sandler is featured in YPO/WPO's Ignite Magazine.
Johns Hopkins School of Education Dean, David Andrews, received the Education Industry Association's 2013 Friend of the Education Industry Award. The EIA Friend of the Education Industry Award is the Association’s highest and most prestigious honor since its inception in 2005. It is presented annually to an individual who, fosters and demonstrates vision, entrepreneurship, a dedication to quality, and the spirit of public-private partnership in advancing education reform. Previous recipients are profiled here.
Michael R. Sandler, President of Education Industry Foundation, Announces Private Ventures for the Public Good Campaign
In conjunction with the Education Industry Association’s (EIA) Education Industry Foundation (EIF), Michael R. Sandler, Chairman & CEO of the Education Industry Group and President of EIF, is pleased to announce the formation of Private Ventures for the Public Good: A Campaign to Change Conversation, Opinions and Opportunities.
Over the past decade, we have witnessed the growth of high-quality and diverse service providers that partner with our Nation's schools to deliver real value to improved teaching and learning. Many of these organizations are commercial vendors. But despite this record of effectiveness, there are uneven policy/procurement systems across the states and districts that don't incorporate best practices. This can lead to a lack of diversity in the selection of service providers that can partner with public education.
EIA and the EIF are carrying out this long-term comprehensive advocacy, research, professional development and communications campaign that aims to create a fairer and more open market in which the private sector may compete on equal footing with public school districts and non-profit organizations to provide solutions to teaching and learning in PreK-12 education.
If the campaign is successful, no longer will the "for-profit" moniker routinely precede descriptions of education companies, and consumers of publicly funded education will have real options in selecting from among diverse providers of high-quality services and products.
In addition, the campaign will provide the framework for individual education entrepreneurs and corporate executives, together with public school leaders and academics, to work together to promote effective models for transforming teaching and learning.
There are four overarching strategies or "pillars" of the Private Ventures for the Public Good Campaign:
Research & Knowledge – Developing a quantitative and qualitative foundation of information, data and statistics about the PreK-12 education industry.
Communications – Establishing and carrying out a strategy to assertively communicate the facts and positions established via the research outlined above, as well as to spotlight and promote the contributions of select EIA members.
Professional Development – In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, we will develop and deliver course content utilizing best practices from traditional education preparation programs combined with entrepreneurial and business strategies from private providers to train/educate future leaders across all sectors of education.
Advocacy – Actively reaching out and communicating the PreK-12 education industry’s position and public policy “wish list” to legislative, education and political leaders at the local, state and federal levels.
The Education Industry Foundation (EIF), an independent 501 (c) (3) organization, was established in 2002 to support for the role of private enterprise in PreK-12 education. In doing so, the EIF promotes industry research, knowledge dissemination and professional development/education initiatives. The EIF raises seed capital from individuals and restricted grants and serves as a catalyst for supporting the Education Industry Association's Private Ventures for the Public Good Campaign.
For more information about EIA or EIF, please visit http://www.educationindustry.org/ or contact Mr. Steve Pines, Executive Director, by phone at 800-252-3280 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Michael Sandler can be contacted at email@example.com.
The Boston Higher Education Innovation Council Holds Highly Successful Event, Online Learning: Where We Are. Where we are going. Where we could go.
On November 28, 2012, The Boston Higher Education Innovation Council (BHEIC) held an evening forum event, ONLINE LEARNING: WHERE WE ARE. WHERE WE ARE GOING. WHERE WE COULD GO, which brought together Boston-area higher education leaders and practitioners interested in understanding the current direction of the higher education sector and how best to succeed within the changing landscape.
Approximately 30 New England-area university presidents and senior leaders attended the event, which was hosted by the Boston Higher Education Innovation Council and The Parthenon Group, a global strategic advisory firm with a dedicated Education Practice.
The roundtable and moderated discussion were focused on discussing how online learning can:
1. Improve the student experience
2. Expand access
3. Enhance societal impact
4. Drive institutional sustainability
The discussion was moderated to include the vantage points of university leadership, service providers to the higher education sector, and experts in the field.
The meeting culminated in a reception and brief presentation by The Parthenon Group’s Chief Economist, Dr. Roger Brinner, who shared his perspective on the Presidential election’s likely impact on the economy, education funding, and education policy. Brinner predicated that weak enrollment will cripple higher education revenue at the same time that government budget crises may slash support, and that online learning strategies offer a critical solution for institutions. You can read the full press release on the presentation from Parthenon. Below are some of the highlights:
“Institutions must respond, therefore, by improving their value propositions to potential students by better outcomes, such as job prospects and training, and reduced costs of attendance. Parthenon research has found that while 55% of potential students 40 and younger believe college education is critical to getting a good job, 70% are hesitant to put themselves into debt to pursue higher education.
Online higher education fills several key roles: it expands student access and course-time flexibility; it reduces system and student costs due to reduced need for infrastructure plus increased institutional capacity; and enhances the student experience by allowing for self-paced learning.”
The event was widely covered by numerous higher education publications and The Economist.
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Granite State College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mount Ida College
New England College of Business and Finance
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BHEIC STEERING COMMITTEE
MICHAEL SANDLER, Education Industry Group (Chairman)
KRIS CLERKIN, Southern New Hampshire University
SEAN GALLAGHER, Northeastern University
TODD HITCHCOCK, Pearson
PHIL KNUTEL, Bentley University
ROBERT LYTLE, The Parthenon Group
PETER STOKES, Northeastern University
Michael R. Sandler, president of the Education Industry Foundation and president and CEO of the Education Industry Group, has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Education. The Visiting Fellows program is designed to provide a forum where leading researchers and practitioners can exchange ideas, debate, study, and evaluate new approaches to reforming educational practice in the United States. The program seeks progressive thinkers from both the public and private sectors with an interest in changing American education by examining the most relevant issues in K-12 reform.
Founder of Avenues: The World School and Edison Schools (now EdisonLearning), Chris Whittle receives the 2012 Friend of the Education Industry Award. This award is the Education Industry Association's highest and most prestigious honor, and is presented annually to an individual who fosters and demonstrates vision, entrepreneurship, a dedication to quality, and the spirit of public-private partnerships in advancing education reform. Previous awardees include Jeanne Allen, Founder and President of the Center for Education Reform, Toru Kumon, Founder of Kumon Math and Reading Centers, and Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education.
A "think-in" session launched the new organization, Capital E, and brought educational thought leaders to the capitol of the United States in an effort to bring capital to education in the United States. Facilitated by Larry Moneta, the Vice President of Student Affairs at Duke University, forward-thinking leaders participated in a 3-hour session to develop a range of options for new businesses, services, or products that might advance educational needs and objectives.