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David Rosen is the former Senior Vice President of Woodbury University and Interim Head of the University of Maine at Machias. Currently, he serves as the President of Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) in Grand Rapids, MI. In the year and half since taking office, he has created collaborative partnerships with innovative organizations such as ArtPrize, StartGarden, Material ConneXion, TED, and Midwest UX. He has guided KCAD through a merger with the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and a campus expansion that achieved LEED Gold certification. He has also helped start a BFA program in collaborative design as well as Wege Prize, a regional collegiate design contest focused on solving wicked problems, and the IMMER5E program with Grand Rapids’ public schools, which uses design thinking to teach all subjects. KCAD is grounded in a philosophy of talent development that includes all members of the institution and all regional stakeholders. For students, that means pursuing impact over excellence and producing work that can shape the region’s future and set a national example for positive and lasting change.

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800-Pound Gorillas and Paradigms

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 3:23 PM

On September 17, 2013, Northeastern University released the results of its second annual Innovation Poll, "Innovation Imperative: Enhancing Higher Education Outcomes."

On page 13 of the 25-page report, we learn that 84 percent of the 263 business leaders who were surveyed agreed that "the ability to think creatively...

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The Parable of the Talents

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 3:26 PM

In college-level design drawing, where first-year students become able to render complex geometric forms using their hands and eyes only, without the aid of any mediating technology (straight-edge, protractor, or compass), the work of a typical student will look like this:

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Art schools are...

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It's Time to Get Rid of Teaching and Learning

(6) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Sound the trumpets! Education is entering an age of student-centered learning wherein learning takes precedence over teaching. But if you think this newest model represents "innovative" thinking, you aren't looking beyond the donor-plaqued, ivy-covered walls of academe.

We already know that education cannot be confined to brick and mortar....

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