Donald M. Norris
The Lumina National Productivity Conference, held in Indianapolis November 15-16 is focusing on state-level efforts across the nation to raise productivity and deal with the budget shortfall situation confronting the states. Lumina has produced two products that will prove highly useful to state-level and institutional leaders. "Navigating the New Normal" is a written report that frames the economic limitations of “The New Normal” in the context of Lumina’s Big Goal of having 60% of Americans achieve a high value course of study, certificate, or degree. With support from Lumina, The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems has created Student Flow and Productivity Models accessed from a useful Dashboard. This tool enables users to examine accountability analytics and do “what if?” analyses.
Today, Donald Norris delivers the keynote address on “The Real Story on Online Learning” which presents how new approaches to productivity analytics, online learning, certification of learning, and linkages to employability will be critical to raising productivity and meeting Lumina’s Big Goal. These issues are also discussed in the White Paper “Transformation Through Online Learning and Competence Building.”