Stig Leschly on Innovating Within Higher Education

Key Points

  • Higher Education is an issue of policy that’s been 50 years in the making.

  • We desperately need to introduce agility into the sector.

  • Most jobs in America have nothing to do with college.

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom is joined by Stig Leschly, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School where he teaches entrepreneurship. Stig is a practicing entrepreneur, and is currently the CEO and Founder of College101, an issue advocacy organization focused on US higher education.

Let’s listen in as they discuss what can be done to fix higher education, maximizing advocacy and more.

If you add up the number of students who go to [higher ed] schools built in the last 20 [years] it’s only 2%. In K-12 over ⅓ of students are attending schools that didn’t exist 20 years ago.

Stig Leschly


1 person who shaped your understanding 

  • Paul LeBlanc

2 insights from your work for edleaders 

  • See systems (don’t just see inherent limitations)
  • It’s important to think in pathways and have a thoughtful postsecondary plan.

The ideal accreditor would be neutral on design and merciless on outcomes. 

Stig Leschly

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