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Technology can help institutions weather the storm. Goldstein encouraged the
room to think about new ways of teaching that are scalable and more efficient than
the lecture. But most of all, he urged them to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit.
“Entrepreneurs are attracted to change like moths are attracted to light,” he said.
“Open the tent … invite entrepreneurs to join you. They have Rolodexes, short
attention spans, and they don’t follow instructions well.”
What entrepreneurs do well is shake things up. And one of the first you should
invite is an artistic or social entrepreneur. “You can’t make this about business or
you’ll be stuck with business. You will not change the culture,” Goldstein said.
Finally, Goldstein believes that higher education institutions need to develop a
strategy, which often goes against the grain in most universities. Strategizing isn’t
about what to do so much as what not to do, and most university cultures thrive on
consensus. “No one wants to have a winner and a loser,” he said. “You can’t make
All of this is not to say that universities should be treated like a business. “We
cannot throw out the baby with the bathwater. Universities are special,” Goldstein
said, comparing them to a secular religion. Students are not customers, faculty are
not just employees, and education is not a transaction. Universities deliver not just a
vocation but an education.
“I believe that you and all and the institutions you represent are the chief engineers
of social mobility right now. A college education is still the single biggest ticket to
social mobility,” he said. “If this American experiment is to continue, we’ve got to
pull our weight.”
Phi Kappa Phi also bestowed Scholar and Artist Awards on Michael J. Plewa and
Pamela Youngblood, respectively, and presented the Ray Sylvester Distinguished
Service Award to Robert E. Holtfreter.
Marcus L. Urann Fellowship Fellow Stephen Wenceslao Evans brought the
convention to its feet as he recounted his experiences as an Army medic in Iraq and
his research on the brain at Stanford University.
Tulane University President Michael
A. Fitts was on hand to accept the
inaugural Excellence in Innovation
Award, and 2015 Dissertation Fellow
Lauren Hanson from the University
of Texas, Austin, recounted how the
award helped her pursue her studies in
Phi Kappa Phi also rolled out several
new features at the 2016 convention,
including a passport program which
allowed attendees to get stamps at
several events and turn them in for a
chance to win a prize. One of those
events was the Consultants’ Corner,
where Phi Kappa Phi staff and vendors
greeted members and answered
questions about finance, awards,
marketing, and more.
Incoming President Denzine
also lead a book discussion about
speaker Goldstein’s book, Engines
of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial
University in the Twenty-First Century,
which he co-wrote with Holden
Thorp. During his speech, Goldstein
said the pair were working on a new
book to further explore innovation,
entrepreneurship, and American
Phi Kappa Phi members take photos in the replica of the Oval Office at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum in Atlanta. Elizabeth Wojcik, left, shows off the new Chapter Dashboard
management tool to Bernice Carmon from the University of
Alaska, Anchorage, during the Consultant’s Corner.