Making the Case: Spaces that have a Role in Preparing Students for Productive and Meaningful Lives
- Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory
- Sarah Goodwin, Kenan Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of English - Skidmore College
- Robert Kolvoord, Dean, College of Integrated Science and Technology - James Madison University
- Wendy Newstetter, Director, Educational Research and Innovation, College of Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology
- Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery - Skidmore College
- George Sparks, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts - James Madison University
- Jorge Vanegas, Dean, College of Architecture - Texas A&M University
(American Association of Colleges and Universities. “Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success.” 2015.)
For the future, the nation will need a workforce equipped with more than literacy in reading, math, and science. We need a whole generation with the capacities for creative thinking and for thriving in a collaborative culture. We need a class of workers who see problems as opportunities and understand that solutions are built from a range of ideas, skills and resources.
People are not born with inherent innovation skills, but they can learn them. They can acquire the social skills to work in diverse, multidisciplinary teams, and learn adaptability and leadership. They can learn to be comfortable with ambiguity, to recognize new patterns within disparate data, and to be inquisitive and analytical. They can learn to translate challenges in opportunities and understand how to complete solutions from a range of resources.
These skills are best acquired by experiencing innovation firsthand, building the confidence that underpins future success. To quote Benjamin Franklin: “You tell me, I forget; you teach me, I remember; you involve me, I learn.”
— Council on Competitiveness. National Innovation Initiative Summit and Report:Thriving in a World of Challenge and Change. 2005.