The Office of Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan has posted 14 new digital learning and innovation job openings (totaling 17 new jobs). The fact that a university is creating these new jobs — all at once — complicates our dominant doom-and-gloom story about the future of higher education.

Much of our higher ed narrative is that of crisis. We worry — for good reasons — about peak higher ed. We obsess about every college closure, merger and near-death experience.

To balance the scales just a little bit, we should take some notice of the good news. We should recognize where higher ed is growing — where there is energy, excitement and dynamism.

Say what you will about digital learning and its challenge to more

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