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Beyond Retrofitting: Innovation in Higher Education

On September 12, 2013, Hudson Institute’s Initiative on Future Innovation convened a distinguished panel of experts and practitioners from business, philanthropy, and the academic world for an off-the-record workshop on a working draft of Beyond Retrofitting: Innovation in Higher Education, by Andrew P. Kelly and Frederick M. Hess. Mssrs. Kelly and Hess, both resident scholars at the American Enterprise Institute, are among the nation’s foremost authorities on K-12 and post-secondary education policy. Beyond Retrofitting — since published in final form as the first in a series of major research papers by Hudson’s Innovation Initiative, and available for download under the “Further Reading” header elsewhere on this page — is a path-breaking proposal for structural and technological re-engineering of American higher education.

Frederick M. Hess Author and Presenter

Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Andrew P. Kelly Author and Presenter

Resident Scholar in Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Christopher DeMuth Moderator

Hudson Distinguished Fellow and Director, Initiative on Future Innovation

Jonathan Cain Discussant

Thiel Foundation

Kimberly O. Dennis Discussant

Searle Freedom Trust

Tim Kane Discussant

Chief Economist, Hudson Institute

Hanns Kuttner Discussant

Hudson Senior Fellow

Kenneth J. Polk Discussant

American Chemical Society

Andrew S. Rosen Discussant

Kaplan, Inc.

Vickie Schray Discussant

Bridgepoint Foundation

Burck Smith Discussant


David Tell Discussant

Hudson Senior Fellow and Director, Public Affairs & Special Projects

Peter Thiel Discussant

Thiel Foundation

Tevi Troy Discussant

Hudson Visiting Fellow

John P. Walters Discussant

Hudson Chief Operating Officer

Kenneth R. Weinstein Discussant

Hudson President & CEO

Ben Wildavsky Discussant

Kauffman Foundation

Margaret Whitehead Discussant

Hudson Board of Trustees

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