Education for the Future: Higher Education’s Evolving Role in Entrepreneurial and Innovative Learning

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Preston 2

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Policymakers, educators, and employers have argued that higher education should play a pivotal role in shaping the professions of tomorrow as the traditional workforce evolves into an increasingly entrepreneurial, innovative, and global workspace (Srinivasan et al., 2022). From their perspective, an entrepreneurial approach to learning can prepare students for occupational uncertainties, unique professional opportunities, and organizational fluidity (Hua et al, 2022; Salem, 2014). Although many colleges and universities perceive the importance of cultivating entrepreneurial skills, challenges concerning adaptive curriculum design, faculty development, and resource allocation can impact institutions’ ability to effectively impart entrepreneurial knowledge to students. This presentation offers insights into strategies to support entrepreneurial learning, equip students with dynamic workforce skills, and foster a culture of innovation (Lv et al., 2021). Proposed strategies include strengthened stakeholder partnerships, collaborative learning and coaching, (Ncanywa & Dyantyi, 2022), and the integration of micro-credentials within traditional curricula for flexible pathways (Tamoliune et al., 2023). Through such strategies, this presentation will contend that higher education can serve as a critical bridge between classroom knowledge and entrepreneurial endeavors and enable college graduates to be empowered to thrive in the modern economy.

Keywords

Keywords: higher education, workforce, entrepreneurial, innovation, learning

Professional Bio

Elnora Farmer is a Doctoral Candidate in the Higher Education Leadership and Practice degree program at the University of North Georgia. She is also a Senior Lecturer and the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program coordinator at Clayton State University. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, majoring in Finance from Miami University, and her Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in finance from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include high-impact teaching practices, workforce and leadership development, entrepreneurship, and financial and economic literacy.

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Education for the Future: Higher Education’s Evolving Role in Entrepreneurial and Innovative Learning

Preston 2

Policymakers, educators, and employers have argued that higher education should play a pivotal role in shaping the professions of tomorrow as the traditional workforce evolves into an increasingly entrepreneurial, innovative, and global workspace (Srinivasan et al., 2022). From their perspective, an entrepreneurial approach to learning can prepare students for occupational uncertainties, unique professional opportunities, and organizational fluidity (Hua et al, 2022; Salem, 2014). Although many colleges and universities perceive the importance of cultivating entrepreneurial skills, challenges concerning adaptive curriculum design, faculty development, and resource allocation can impact institutions’ ability to effectively impart entrepreneurial knowledge to students. This presentation offers insights into strategies to support entrepreneurial learning, equip students with dynamic workforce skills, and foster a culture of innovation (Lv et al., 2021). Proposed strategies include strengthened stakeholder partnerships, collaborative learning and coaching, (Ncanywa & Dyantyi, 2022), and the integration of micro-credentials within traditional curricula for flexible pathways (Tamoliune et al., 2023). Through such strategies, this presentation will contend that higher education can serve as a critical bridge between classroom knowledge and entrepreneurial endeavors and enable college graduates to be empowered to thrive in the modern economy.