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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? | Scoop.it

"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...


Excerpts:

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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P&G Success Formula > Culture: Improving Lives Through Innovation

P&G Success Formula > Culture: Improving Lives Through Innovation | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

McDonald Outlines P&G Success Formula: Improving Lives Through Innovation...

 

Saying Procter and Gamble’s unrelenting focus on innovation is “at the heart of everything we do,” P&G Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Bob McDonald recently talked about the company’s keys to success during fiscal year 2011 in spite of the tough global economic conditions, presented at the company’s annual Shareholder’s Meeting in Cincinnati.


“Innovation is the primary way we fulfill our Purpose,” he said. “It’s the driving force behind our strategy, as it always has been at P&G.

 

>>>  Our experience has proven that promotions may win a quarter here and there, but innovation wins decades.”


As he addressed the shareholders in attendance, Bob said the company entered Fiscal 2011 with three clear objectives:


=> Execute the company’s purpose-inspired growth strategy;
=>Grow market share by growing organic sales one to two percentage points ahead of underlying market growth rates; and
=>Grow core earnings per share in the range of 7% to 9%.

 

And, in spite of significant business and economic challenges, Bob said the company managed to meet or exceed goals for each of the objectives.

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These Are The Top 10 Innovation Myths

These Are The Top 10 Innovation Myths | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs aren't the only game changers.

 

Scott Anthony and colleague Josh Suskewicz came up with 10 innovation myths that they  encounter most often in the field.

 

The 10 MYTHS include:

> Innovation is random  

See the Proctor & Gamble innovation post in this curation stream as well as the Top 10 Myths list by Scott and Josh.

 

> You're either an innovator or you're not  (Glad to hear about nuture vs. nature.)

 

> Game changing innovation is done only by entrepreneurs  

(What a relief to see this one, as this is about intitutional innovation.)

   

Scott Anthony is the Managing Director of Innosight Ventures and has written three books on innovation, the latest being The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times.

 

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