How COVID Is Reimagining the College System

Available for Interviews: Mat Jacobson

Mat Jacobson is the Founder & CEO of the Ducere Global Business School, and as a thought leader on innovation within education, is creating some of the industry’s most innovative educational platforms and projects. He is a regular media contributor on topics of business, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and has appeared in articles including Wealth Creator, Marketing Magazine, Business First, Smart Magazine, Start-Up Smart, and Business Builders.

What Mat Jacobson can say in an interview on
COVID and the Broken College System:

 1. Online learning has been readily growing for the past two decades, but the pandemic has forced the entire system to rapidly adopt a seismic shift towards digital learning. College is failing students with less than half graduating, and those that do graduate can’t get the highly sought-after jobs they want.

 2. Reconsidering college costs is a huge consequence of the times. As students and parents see more transparently, the disconnect between the theory taught and the skills needed in practice are more evident. This will likely force significant downward pressure on costs, as questions about the value of what is being taught increase. US colleges are 1000% higher than global prestigious schools.

 3. Flexibility for students has been forced upon the higher education sector through COVID. Students who never before considered remote learning, now realize firsthand, that they can learn anything they could have done on campus. In fact, online education provides greater opportunities for a variety of learning needs and styles—audible, visual, written, etc.

 4. Internationalization is another outcome. When considering a physical campus, location is typically a critical consideration, given a student will be living, socializing, and working there for years. But once the decision has been made to go digital, the whole world opens up, and opportunities for more degree options, new specializations, and a greater variety of pricing abound.

 5. Time to graduate is drastically cut shorter. A traditional college campus bachelor’s degree takes 5-6 years—way too long for most students, and far longer than international benchmarks. The extremely long timeframe is one of the key reasons some 37 million students started college and never completed it. Online degrees offer greater opportunities to accelerate studies to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in as little as half the time.

Interview: Mat Jacobson

Mat Jacobson is the Founder of the Ducere Global Business School, which has been recognized by the State of California, the US Congress as well as numerous global awards for transforming access to higher education. He is a global leader in disrupting the education sector and has founded three education startups (The prior two were ultimately sold to publicly listed companies.).

As the founder of Ducere, Jacobson, together with hundreds of world leaders ranging from Presidents to heads of the UN and CIA and global companies, are transforming education to overcome systemic barriers to be relevant, applied, affordable, and accessible.

Jacobson is also a keynote speaker and has given talks on education innovation from Harvard University to European governments.

Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success in Media, Inc.

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