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On the Cutting Edge (of Torpor): Innovation and the Pace of Change in American Higher Education
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, Kent State University, United States

AACE Journal Volume 16, Number 1, ISSN 1065-6901 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This article considers the pace of innovation and technology adoption in higher education and suggests that the rate of change on 21st century campuses is remarkably similar to earlier centuries when it may have taken over 30 years to introduce "modern" inventions like the telescope, microscope, and barometer to students. The literature shows that centralization is frequently negatively associated with innovativeness and that contemporary governance does not appear fundamentally different in regulating the pace of change than in America's first colleges. Some researchers have concluded that colleges and universities are insulated from many of the competitive pressures that stimulate innovations in industry to be adopted almost twice as fast as those in higher education.

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Murray, G. (2008). On the Cutting Edge (of Torpor): Innovation and the Pace of Change in American Higher Education. AACE Journal, 16(1), 47-61. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 13, 2019 from .

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