|[January 15, 2013]
Executive Education Comes of Age to Address Innovation Skills Gap
PHOENIX --(Business Wire)--
Today's world of razor-thin margins and global competition can stress
even the strongest organizations. Compound these pressures with a deep
innovation skills gap facing corporate America and it can be tough for
businesses to survive. Add the fact that 80 percent of leaders believe
innovation is important for their future success* and there emerges a
clear need to develop innovation skills within organizations. In a
significant move to tackle this widespread issue, Innovator's
Accelerator™, an immersive, web-based learning experience
designed to accelerate the innovation skills of individuals and
organizations, has come to market.
Innovator's Accelerator brings world-class content and a unique
online competency-based learning model together with broadcast-quality
production and design from global design and innovation firm IDEO, to
create the next step forward in online learning focused on innovation.
Three of the most prominent minds in the innovation field - Clayton
Christensen at the Harvard Business School, Jeff Dyer at Brigham Young
University and The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, and Hal
Gregersen at INSEAD - tapped into their globally recognized research,
experience and insights to create the intellectual core of the Innovator's
In a unique partnership, Apollo Group, one of the world's largest
private education companies, and its subsidiary University of Phoenix,
leveraged its decades of experience with millions of online students
worldwide to complement the contributions of Christensen, Dyer and
Gregersen. University of Phoenix, the leader in online education in the
United States, will distribute the unique offering to corporations eager
to bring innovation learning to thousands of employees across their
"We are extremely proud of Innovator's Accelerator, and the
collaboration with world-class experts in innovation that led to its
creation," said Apollo Group CEO Greg Cappelli. "We are confident that
companies and organizations around the world will benefit tremendously
from this new offering, as will their employees."
"Through our constant discussions and interactions with many of the
nation's leadng companies and employers, we have learned that the most
critical missing skill in nearly every organization is innovation," said Barry
Feierstein, chief business operating officer, University of Phoenix.
"So we turned to the world's leading minds on the study of innovation to
help us build the best offering in the world on the subject. Innovator's
Accelerator is the result of an unprecedented collaboration with
leaders in their respective fields."
Innovation can be learned: A next step forward in innovative online
learning and teaching
The six-week learning experience comprises:
Thirty total hours of non-credit professional development focused on
building essential innovation skills through the exploration of the
three types of innovation: growth, sustaining and efficiency.
Nineteen high-quality, immersive lessons featuring video lectures from
Christensen, Dyer and Gregersen, as well as success stories from
top-level executives who consistently put innovation into practice.
Practice-based activities, cutting-edge creative and live team
projects that provide opportunities to apply key learning.
"The relationship with Clayton Christensen began in 2010 with the
development of the Phoenix Lecture Series," said George
Lichter, head of Apollo Group's advanced academic product team.
"Professor Christensen and I believe that advances in technology,
software platforms and sophisticated web-based and mobile delivery
systems have converged with globalization and employers' changing skill
requirements around innovation. The result is a significant demand for a
completely new executive education learning experience."
Innovator's Accelerator was developed under the leadership of
University of Phoenix and its parent Apollo Group, the groundbreaking
experts in online learning, and is the latest contribution in the
University's longstanding heritage of innovation in online education.
For more information about Innovator's Accelerator, or to enroll
your organization, please visit: http://InnovatorsAccelerator.com
About Apollo Group
Apollo Group, Inc. is one of the world's largest private education
providers and has been in the education business for approximately 40
years. The Company offers innovative and distinctive educational
programs and services both online and on-campus at the undergraduate,
master's and doctoral levels through its subsidiaries: University of
Phoenix, Apollo Global, Institute for Professional Development and
College for Financial Planning. The Company offers programs and services
throughout the United States and in Latin America and Europe, as well as
online throughout the world.
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix® is constantly innovating to help
students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world.
Flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning can
help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting
their lives on hold. It's this link between education and careers that
is at the core of the University's efforts. As the flagship university
of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a
diverse student population, offering continuing education as well as
associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from
campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online
throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.edu.
*Globe & Mail and the Schulich Executive Education Centre, survey
conducted in 2007.
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