September 29, 2020

Ideas That Transform: What if Colleges Designed Impact-oriented “Bridge Years”?

The COVID pandemic has had a significant impact on higher education, leaving colleges and universities around the world scrambling as they figure out how to provide quality education that prepares students for successful and impactful careers. In the wake of this challenge, it’s become abundantly clear that simply transitioning traditional classroom teaching to virtual environments is falling well-short of delivering on the value proposition of higher education. The pandemic has laid bare the need for new models for education that prepare students as society-literate leaders who can solve real world problems that serve the common good. Over the past decade, Global Citizen Year (GCY) has pioneered a model that wraps education and instruction around real-world experience, and transforms the trajectory of our most promising young leaders. GCY has partnered with universities to integrate these programs to the undergraduate curriculum, creating on-ramps and off-ramps to provide holistic education. At the same time, initiatives such as Designing the Futures at Georgetown University, are reimagining education to design and integrate experience with traditional classroom learning. Join Abby Falik, Founder & CEO, Global Citizen Year, Randall Bass, Director of the Designing the Futures Initiative, and Jamie Cohen, current student at George Washington University and former bridge year participant, in conversation with the Beeck Center’s Matt Fortier, to explore how intentionally designed experiences can transform education and prepare students to tackle complex problems for social impact.  

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