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RELENTLESS! Reinventing Higher Education, Southern New Hampshire University @SNHU via Fast Company

RELENTLESS!  Reinventing Higher Education,  Southern New Hampshire University @SNHU via Fast Company | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? |

"As president of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), LeBlanc is ...using technology to transform an 80-year-old college into a modern education powerhouse."

I tweeted about @SNHU over a year ago, as I was intrigued they had an MBA in Social Media.  However, it led to a conversation with several people at the institution.  

After experiencing a considerable amount of the hidebound nature of the ivory tower of higher education, the experience I had with SNHU was a breath of fresh air, informed by data and, could it be, skilled process?

New England is the land of the ivies.   So much the better for @SNHU (their twitter handle) to leverage what they do as they think & implement differently.

Stay tuned, an interview may soon follow...


Founded in 1932 as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science, SNHU was a modest school when Le­Blanc joined as president in 2003, recognized for its culinary arts, business, and justice programs. Its online program was, as LeBlanc puts it, "a sleepy operation on a nondescript corner of the main campus. I thought it was squandering an opportunity."

That little operation has turned into SNHU’s Center for Online and Continuing Education (COCE), the largest online-degree provider in New England.

Its 10,600 students are enrolled in 120 graduate and undergraduate programs and specialties, everything from a sustainability-focused MBA to a creative-writing BA.

Fifty more programs will be launched this year, and the COCE recently tested TV ads in national markets such as Raleigh, North Carolina; Milwaukee; and Oklahoma City.

LeBlanc hopes that by 2014 SNHU will boast the country’s biggest online not-for-profit education system.

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Growth Limits: 'Paradigm-shifting innovation is what we need' - Hindu Business Line

Growth Limits: 'Paradigm-shifting innovation is what we need' - Hindu Business Line | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? |

Growth is going to come only through innovation, focusing on poor countries. In the current environment you can grow aggressively only by inventing and innovating.

Prof. Vijay Govindarajan is widely regarded as one of the world's leading experts on strategy and innovation.


The innovation agenda, people are also realising, has to be in poor countries. Because, ...the world's overall population of about seven billion now, there are three billion who are rich enough for the products which have already been invented.

But the four billion poor, who are non-consumers of just about everything, have to be brought into the consuming base.

...Reverse innovation first requires that you innovate in the poor country. That is step one.

Step two is to take it to other emerging markets. Step three is to bring it to the US or other rich countries. Most companies haven't even reached step one. That itself is a big one because American companies still think of India as poor and ‘therefore they want cheap products'.

They have to change that mindset; they are coming from a different mindset of innovations. They have to first think about changing the innovation paradigm itself and then about how to take it to other countries.

Two important traps Indian companies should absolutely avoid. The first trap is to ‘dumb-down' the technology and make something cheap. No. That is not what people want. People want technology-rich products, but also at the right price.

The Apple Nano is one example.

Keywords: Prof Vijay Govindarajan, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth, American multinationals, product innovations, dumb-down technology, Flexibility, credibility

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