Venturing into New Frontiers

Forward-Looking Higher Ed Leadership

90-120 min keynote presentation, half-day workshop or full-day retreat 

Venturing into New FrontiersIn many ways, college and university boards and administrators are navigating a perfect storm of demographic, political, and economic change on all sides. When too many of our energies are devoted to merely treading water, trying to keep our institutions afloat, we risk losing sight of the horizon, and losing momentum to explore new strategic opportunities.

Ken Steele is Canada’s leading higher education monitor and futurist. He co-founded Academica Group, created the Academica Top Ten, manages Eduvation Inc, co-authored Canada’s first book on enrolment management, and hosts a weekly webcast, Ten with Ken, that reaches thousands of subscribers on a dozen platforms. Ken brings his unique perspective and insight to a broad range of audiences, from faculty and instructors, boards and senior administration, to information technology staff, concerned parents, and Canada’s most powerful corporate CEOs.

In this dynamic, provocative keynote, higher ed futurist Ken Steele will share a big-picture perspective on the most exciting frontiers that lie before colleges and universities, from transnational markets to technology-enhanced learning, from non-traditional disciplines to newfound streams of revenue.

In an extended workshop session, we can discuss implications, pose questions, share examples and explore themes in more detail. Then Ken will present ideas and facilitate small-group discussions about the challenges of visionary leadership and change management on a higher ed campus. Together, we will consider effective and ineffective ways to build campus consensus, chart a strategic course, and maintain momentum in challenging times. To save time, Ken will gather insights from participants using real-time online polling, so be sure to bring a smartphone, tablet or laptop to the session. Participants will explore strategic opportunities in an interactive forum, understand the unique political threats facing campus leaders, discuss the obstacles to innovation and strategic change, learn from best and worst practices in building consensus, and consider effective approaches to strategic planning.

Drew Ness

“Ken was a tremendous asset to the success of our Humber International retreat, not only for his skillful leadership of the workshop, but also for his exceptional planning and workshop development skills.  Highly recommended!”

Drew Ness, Dean International, Humber College

Here are some relevant episodes of 10K, for a sense of Ken’s approach and as potential examples to share with participants in advance:



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