Interviewer: Today I'm interviewing
Dr. Wendy Purcell, who is a former president
of Plymouth University in the UK and
the Professor of Leadership and
Governance at Harvard University.
Dr. Purcell, thank you for talking to us.
Dr. Purcell: Thank you for
Interviewer: To begin,
how will current higher education
models be affected by the crisis?
Dr. Purcell: It's
a really good question and
I think the only thing that is
a certainty is that there's going to
be more uncertainty,
this COVID-19 challenge is unprecedented.
It's a humanitarian and economic crisis
that's changing our world in real time and
these seismic shifts
are reshaping higher education.
I think they're actually calling into
question the sustainability of the higher
education business model and
revealing real fragilities in that model,
but I think we're seeing
higher education stepping up,
it's beginning to create
a new future as we plan for
the new normal and
think about new ways of doing business.
Some of the new things that we're
introducing I think we will see stay with
us as we come out of the other side of
this crisis, I think they'll be sticky.
Some of the innovations
around working from home,
teaching students online, and
creating a sense of community,
I think will still be with us as we
come out the other side of the crisis.
One of the things that this COVID-19
challenge has shown me about higher
education is the inherent change
capacity that we do have.
I've seen massive change programs enacted
in a couple of weeks, when it would