Acclaimed Author and Future of Work Specialist Dr. Michelle R. Weise Joins Nonprofit Adult University as Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Innovation
LA JOLLA, CALIF. (June 18, 2021) – National university system, a network of not-for-profit educational institutions that includes National University, Northcentral University and Seattle City University, today announced the appointment of Dr Michelle R. Weise, a national expert on lifelong learning and the future of work, as first vice-chancellor for strategy and innovation. In the newly created role, Dr Weise will focus on reorienting and scaling the internal processes of the university as she designs new programs and aligns her core academic expertise, programs and services to students with the demands of a rapidly changing world of work.
“Through her rich experiences as an educator, administrator, funder, author and researcher, Michelle brings a truly unique perspective on the needs of modern learners, as well as the systems and personnel required to support learning throughout. throughout life as we meet future workforce needs head-on. said Dr Michael R. Cunningham, chancellor of the National University System, which serves more than 45,000 adult learners nationwide. “Michelle’s leadership will be invaluable as we work to align the impact of our faculty experts and workforce relevant programs with the needs of a rapidly changing job market. “
Weise’s appointment represents the expansion by the national university system of personalized instruction, holistic student support and competency-based accreditation, designed to ensure that each student has a personalized plan aligned with their goals. professionals, diplomas and skills. Weise will lead a cross-functional team of labor market analysts, educators and student support experts as the university seeks to create new educational offerings closely tied to labor market demand.
“This period of profound economic upheaval and change only underscores the importance of lifelong learning as an imperative for social and economic mobility. As we work to serve an increasingly diverse population of learners, institutions must develop the expertise and muscles to stretch and meet the needs of people whose academic and professional needs vary so much, ”said the Dr Weise. “The vision of this position is to create the internal infrastructure necessary to connect our career-relevant academic offerings and experiences to the needs of learners and employers, and I am excited for the challenge and opportunities ahead. “
Over the past decade, Dr. Weise’s practice has focused on the shifts required to prepare working-age adults for the jobs of today and tomorrow. She is the award-winning author of Long-Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Even Exist Yet (Wiley, 2021). Prior to joining the National University, Dr Weise was Senior Advisor at Imaginable Futures, an Omidyar Group company, and Director of Innovation at both the Strada Institute for the Future of Work and Southern New Hampshire University.
A former Fulbright scholar and a Harvard and Stanford graduate, she began her career as an assistant professor of English at Skidmore College. While responsible for higher education practice at Clayton Christensen’s Institute for Disruptive Innovation, she co-authored Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution (2014).
Beyond his full-time roles, Weise has also served as a commissioner for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning, the Harvard University Task Force. on Skills and Employability and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Studies. His comments on overhauling higher education and developing more innovative workforce and talent pool strategies have been published in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review. and on PBSNewshour.
About the national university system
The National University System (NUS) is a network of accredited not-for-profit educational institutions serving a diverse student body, including K-12 students and working professionals. NUS higher education institutions serve more than 45,000 students through National University, Northcentral University and Seattle City University. NUS education-focused initiatives include Workforce Education Solutions, Harmony SEL, Inspire Teaching & Learning, and Fundraising Academy Cause Selling Education. Learn more at nusystem.org.