CHEIA: Christian Higher Ed Innovation

In 2014, Andrew Sears, our President and Executive Director, completed his dissertation in Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education as part of his doctorate from Bakke Graduate University.

As a result of this work, he was invited to present before a gathering of Christian college presidents from the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) that was convened by the Maclellan Foundation.

To bring the ideas from his dissertation on Disruptive Education in Higher Education to a wider audience, he created a free MOOC on disruptive innovation in higher education in Udemy. It contains 23 lectures and over 5 hours of content on the subject. Over 1000 students have taken it so far.

He has also spoken in front of a range of audiences in Christian higher education, including a group from LeTourneau University and one from Azusa Pacific University.

He has brought these ideas before secular audiences as well, such as at the DEAC conference and through a series of blog posts for the Clayton Christensen Institute (Part 2).

More recently, he has convened a group of innovative leaders in Christian higher education called CHEIA: the Christian Higher Education Innovation Alliance. Together, they are working on initiatives to expand Christian higher education in the majority world, to increase higher education affordability and access, and to bridge the gap between accredited and unaccredited institutions.