Jacobson Institute for Innovation in Education

Grand View University houses the Jacobson Institute (the JI eXperience), which was established with a gift from the late Dick Jacobson in 2008. The purpose of the Institute is to enable the JI to be a resource with a general intent to improve the educational system. Mindful of the attention to “The Future World of Work,” Grand View refocused the JI to help address the educational and job training needs resulting from the deployment of smart technologies in the workplace. As a myriad of disruptions impact all organizations, the JI assists partners reinvent work and learning.

The increased use of smart machines, robotics, and artificial intelligence is changing the nature of work in nearly all industries. Certain jobs are being replaced by technology; others require different skill sets. Institutions face the challenge of helping their employees respond to this skills shift. Traditional higher education was not designed to respond to this need but has, in the past, evolved to meet the changing needs of society. Higher education must do so again. Grand View aspires to be at the leading edge of necessary change, and the "JI eXperience" a national design workbench. 

Institute Vision & Strategies

The Jacobson Institute will become the “go to” resource for institutions as they seek to (a) understand and evaluate their future skills needs, (b) assess their internal skills gaps, and (c) build their own capabilities to reskill their current employees and learners. The Institute will empower national and international experts in this field, as well as organizations that are already doing this work, and extend that knowledge. In doing so, the Institute will become a “convener” of expertise in the Future World of Work and Learning in order to support economic success. The Institute also will become a leader in aligning P-16 education and Work Force programs with the literacies and skills needed for value creation in evolving workplaces.

The JI is guided by both an Advisory Board of Trustees and a Next Gen Think Tank. These collective structures represent a diverse group of deep thinkers, multinationals, non-profits, academia and government. The boards are in place to strengthen the JI’s strategic thinking and allow access to expertise in a variety of subjects to best serve the mission of the JI.

Strategy 1 - Building Skill Capacity

Learn from effective learning and development operations and extend that knowledge to partners who lack the resources to build their own capabilities and assist with the shift toward a skills driven workplace.

  • Offer workshops, credentials, and consulting to wide variety of organizations and organization leader’s to better match workforce skills with winning business strategies to support the future world of work;
  • Assist employers in their efforts to assess skill needs and skill gaps;
  • Offer “train the trainer” education to L&D professionals in organizations who have not been able to advance their own capacity for this work;
  • Augment these learning opportunities with direct consulting, certifications and credentialing;
  • Help customize training and education opportunities to specific industry or business environments (domestically and internationally).
Strategy 2 - Work force Support and Social Entreprenuership

Assemble resources to support institutions in this work (examples include):

  • Form “coops” or other collaborations to help assist organizations build effective learning and development functions that align with national and regional workforce regions;
  • As appropriate, provide direct services to public/private partners supporting their workforce efforts and/or needs;
  • Bring in or collaboration with experts’ to support unique he needs of organizations in the area of social entrepreneurship;

Strategy 3 - Reinventing P-12

Share all the knowledge that comes from this work with the formal education system (P-16):

  • Maintain a “research” orientation to all this work;
  • Socialize findings to support economic development;
  • Provide regular updates and programming for education leaders;
  • Bring in expertise on curricular design related to this work to help advance secondary and post-secondary education.

Past Initiatives

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