Author Profile

Michelle R. Weise | Executive Director of Sandbox ColLABorative, Southern New Hampshire University

Current Position and Past Experience
Michelle R. Weise is the Executive Director of Sandbox Collaborative, the research and development arm of strategy and innovation at Southern New Hampshire University. Michelle’s work in fostering innovation is an extension of her prior work as the Senior Research Fellow in higher education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. In that role, Michelle worked to inform policymakers, community leaders, academic administrators, and innovators on how the theories of disruption clarify our understanding of the changing academic terrain.

Weise has written articles for publications and outlets such as the American Enterprise Institute, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the New England Journal of Higher Education. Her book, Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution, co-authored with Clayton Christensen, describes the disruptive potential of online competency-based education aligned to workforce needs. Michelle’s commentaries and research have been featured in a number of publications such as The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Boston Globe, Inside HigherEd, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and PBS Newshouse.

Weise also served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Fidelis Education and taught at Skidmore College and Stanford University.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Weise earned her AB from Harvard University and both her MA and PhD from Stanford University. In 2005, Weise was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to South Korea.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Weise follows all of the rapidly evolving blended and online developments in academia. Her research delves into competency-based learning, student-learning outcomes, workforce solutions, and public-private partnerships. Michelle helps to educate policymakers, community leaders, academic administrators, innovators, and news outlets on how the theories of disruptive innovation inform our understanding of the changing academic terrain in higher education.

Connect
You can find Weise on Twitter @rwmichelle. You can also visit the Sandbox Collaborative to learn more about their innovative work.
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