Keynote Address: Our Responsibility for Innovation’s Sustainability

Christine G. Shakespeare, Ph.D, Vice President of Program Strategy at 2U, Inc

Building off this year’s showcase theme of “Sustainable Innovation: Turning Fads into Forevers,” Shakespeare will explore the possibility for “sustainable innovation” in today’s higher education context. The intersecting trends in population, funding, economics, labor, and politics are shaping higher education dramatically. Shakespeare will draw from her nearly two decades of higher education experience to challenge the audience to reflect on the following: How can we sustain innovation in today’s climate?

About Christine Shakespeare

Christine Shakespeare, Ph.D., is vice president of Program Strategy at 2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology. 2U builds, delivers, and supports digital graduate programs, certificates, and short courses at scale for working professionals.

Prior to 2U, Shakespeare was assistant vice president of Continuing and Professional Education at Pace University. Over the course of her 10-year tenure, Shakespeare delivered impactful results working cross-functionally, including the creation of a profitable $12M lifelong learning division devoted to online undergraduate and graduate degrees, noncredit programs/short courses, and the English Language Institute. While at Pace, Shakespeare also held the position of interim associate provost for Student Success, where she led student retention efforts and managed the International Students and Scholars Office responsible for travel/field courses, study abroad, and agreements with international institutions.

Before Pace, Shakespeare was the dean of Academic Affairs at Sunbridge College, associate director of Community Relations at New York University, and an education consultant at the Ford Foundation.

Shakespeare holds a Ph.D. is in Higher Education Policy from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, a B.A. with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University’s New College, and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of San Diego. She has deep family roots in Venezuela and hails from Hempstead, New York.

Enlightenment Session: Future-Proofing the University

Given the pressures to improve enrollment and retention, meet the demands of teaching and learning, and keep up with ever-changing technology, institutions might find it hard to plan for the future. In this presentation, we will explore some ways institutions might look beyond the immediate pressures and construct their technology portfolios to best suit their future goals.

James Wiley, Principal Analyst for Technology at Eduventures

About James Wiley

James Wiley has 16 years of education technology experience. Prior to joining the research team, James was Executive Vice President of Enterprise Services at the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT). James lead efforts to develop a network infrastructure redesign project for a Texas school district rollout of instructional tablets and to develop a statewide information security management system for over 400 school districts for the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Before CELT, James successfully designed and managed over 15 large-scale education technology engagements, including the New York State Education Portal, the Rhode Island Department of Education Statewide Longitudinal Data System, and the Hawaii Enterprise Application Integration Solution projects. James has a wealth of experience in education technology and helping all stakeholders understand the steps required to successfully implement and manage enterprise systems. At Eduventures, James focuses on helping stakeholders understand the success criteria for technology and on ensuring alignment between their technology applications and organizational goals.

James lives in Providence, Rhode Island and holds an MA and a BA in Classics from Cambridge University, a Certificat d’Enseignant in Sociology from L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and a BA in Philosophy, Greek and Latin from Lehman College, The City University of New York.

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