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Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. is at the vanguard of next-generation college presidents who embody creative and entrepreneurial leadership. Inspired by the challenges and possibilities inherent in re-engineering colleges and universities for relevancy in a new economic reality, he embraces possibility thinking, entrepreneurship, disruptive innovation, and selective experimentation to change the paradigm of higher education in the “new normal” of the 21st century global environment. Dr. Johnson tweets as @BeckerPrez.

Entries by Robert E. Johnson

An Open Letter to America's Class of 2015

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 2:18 PM

Those of us in higher education are part of our students' lives and their journeys. It is our collective responsibility to educate them to understand that in today's society they must be adaptive, nimble, entrepreneurial and embrace a global perspective. Their future will be powered not just by their intellect,...

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Colleges of the Future Must Go Back to the Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:07 PM

Much has been written about what colleges of the future will look like. "Erase every preconception you ever had about college learning and step into the future," writes Kate Hilpern in The Independent, as she outlines the elimination of classrooms and lectures, student-tailored degree programs, replacement of tenured...

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Let's All Breathe Again

(18) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 9:12 PM

Where else but America can the great-grandson of a slave grow up in the streets of Detroit and become a college president? Where else but America can my son and daughter have the possibilities of having an abundant life through a strong faith in God, a great education, and all...

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Educating Student-Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 4:50 PM

Imagine being one of 22 students chosen from a pool of 150, for an internship where you are required to develop a product, from conception to completion, with a team of strangers--in 11 weeks. This intensive program challenged students' skills in ways that extended well beyond their classroom knowledge; they...

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10 Things to Pack When You Go to College

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:03 PM

Whether you are heading off to college this fall as a freshman or as a returning student, it is critical that you think about your preparation -- not just in the practical matters of packing to outfit your residence hall room -- but also in preparing your mindset so you...

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Degrees of Separation: A College Education for All

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:05 PM

The Declaration of Independence says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." In a global society and knowledge economy, does a college...

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Average Is Over. Abundance Is Not.

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 2:57 PM

Co-authored by
Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Heather E. McGowan, MBA

Average is over. The world is not just flat and connected; it is hyper-connected. There are three to four billion participants on a global collaborative platform. Routine work - anything that is repetitive...

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Building Their Future: Higher Education's Best Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 1:09 PM

The goal of education "is to prepare young people for their future, not our past."

That quote, attributed to author Daniel Pink, is one that should be a rallying cry for every educator looking to build a new future for higher education.

At Becker College, we have dedicated...

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Deliberate Diversity, Higher Education, and the Public Good

(5) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 6:06 PM

The world does not get better by accident. It gets better because there are champions who insist on change, who pursue change, and who effect change.

Some of those champions are on our college campuses. In 2003, those who have fought to increase access to higher education for all...

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If We Cannot Teach, You Can Keep Your Online Revolution

(5) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 5:54 PM

More than 25 years ago, the University of California's Clark Kerr and Marian Gade wrote that in higher education, turmoil and change have been "the rule, not the exception." Yet the winds of tumultuous change are today blowing harder than ever, whipping up a gale that threatens every...

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A Path to Greatness: Higher Education, Government, and the Nation

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 2:08 PM

To the President and members of Congress; to Democrats and Republicans:

Have we got a deal for you.

We start with one goal on which we all should agree, one aspiration for our society that we ought to share regardless of political views: To build a competitive nation, we must...

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Higher Education: The Revolution That Really Matters

(3) Comments | Posted January 12, 2013 | 10:45 AM

Amid all the talk about online learning and a revolution in higher education, we risk losing sight of a much more important revolution, one that depends on the traditional college experience. That is the revolution that will once again place the American Dream of individual achievement back in the hands...

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Engineering the Student Experience

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 2:17 PM

The explosion in online learning marks the beginning of a revolution, one that may well make higher education available to an unprecedented number of people from all levels of society. The Internet has become a tool to extend the reach of higher education, still our society's most potent force for...

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To Compete Against the Future

(4) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 2:24 PM

There's a reason why the recent recovery has been so slow, with anemic jobs growth and crippling unemployment: The most dynamic engine of our economy is leaking fuel.

That engine is entrepreneurship. The United States has long depended on start-up businesses to create new industries and the jobs they bring....

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Storm Warning: Why Higher Ed Needs New Leadership Now

(37) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 4:23 PM

A perfect storm roils the horizon of higher education. Three towering and swiftly moving storms -- affordability, student loan debt, and seismically shifting demographics -- are about to collide. The power of their convergence and the resulting collateral damage will challenge the very survival of colleges that refuse to evolve....

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