Today, higher education is facing significant challenges as it tries to prepare its graduates for post graduate opportunities. Additionally, technology development is evolving at a record pace across disciplines; students are faced with an overwhelming number of opportunities and career paths; and, rightly so, there is a growing demand to integrate evidence‐based practices for learning and organizational change. These pressures have stimulated higher education to identify new ways to integrate post graduate opportunities into curriculum and the classroom,
not only changing the culture of higher education but questioning the necessary credentials to advance in the fields. For this talk, Huang-Saad will explain how her experience with design, entrepreneurship and professional practice have influenced her approach to closing the gap between higher education and professional practice. She will also discuss how her work has influenced her thoughts on creating “intentional networks” in low density settings, offering a comprehensive path for learners to engage in higher education throughout their careers.