In a recent CLO article written by Craig Mindrum, it is said that the most prevalent model for adult education is the corporate university – in terms of practical educational effectiveness. The article suggests that the corporate university has moved streets ahead of the traditional university. That the traditional universities have stood still for too long and that they have become irrelevant for people who want to pursue professional careers in the business sector.
We are now living and working in an era where the answers to a majority of our questions are 0.27 seconds away via a search engine. Do you believe that the heritage of a traditional university, as a “brain dump” by renowned professors is irrelevant? Will the government sponsored programs that create alliances between corporate universities and traditional universities deliver the expected results and produce a more competitive workforce? Do the graduates of traditional universities know how to continuously learn and are they capable of collaborative and interactive working behaviours? Do traditional universities too often produce graduates for which there is no market?
Craig suggests that given the deficiencies of the traditional university, corporations should transform their corporate university into a “multiversity”. A multiversity is a learning organization built on a series of multiples: serving multiple needs and goals, offering multiple curricula, serving multiple career paths and using multiple delivery methods and technologies. Those multiples are at the heart of the distinctive value proposition of corporate learning and are reshaping the way that companies, governments and even many traditional universities think about the role of education in creating the workforce of the future.
Here is a link to the CLO article: The Rise of the Corporate Muliversity