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Fireside Chat The Dilemma:
Academic Freedom vs. Generating Revenue
17.00 - 18.00 (CET)
11:00 - 12:00 (ET)
15th February 2023


Fireside Chat with Melora Sundt

“How does an institution prioritize generating enough revenue to sustain and thrive, without selling its soul to the whims of a fickle market” – Melora Sundt

We have invited Melora Sundt the Chief Academic Officer for Noodle Partners, to further explore this question.

Sundt argues that academic freedom is every higher education institution’s identity – it is the soul and what essentially distinguishes them from other types of organisations. However, although the maintenance of this academic freedom is of utmost importance, it is becoming increasingly expensive to maintain. With several opportunities that are presented and decision-making processes that value expedience – how does one institution maintain its academic freedom and value?

Join this fireside chat to learn more about this challenge and gain insights to understand what institutions need to do in order to successfully adapt and neutralise the threat of commodification to emerge as a community with a stronger sense of identity.


Explore the dilemma of universities of the future: how will one maintain academic freedom and identity yet adapt to a rapidly changing planet?

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Leaders of higher education institutions, higher education learning designers, deans and academics, knowledge transfer professionals, educational program leads.

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Fireside chat with

Dr. Melora Sundt
Chief Academic Officer for Noodle Partners

Dr. Melora Sundt is the Chief Academic Officer for Noodle Partners, a service provider supporting universities as they develop great online programs. Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Dr. Sundt was a professor of practice at the USC Rossier School of Education, and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Before partnering with the FDA, Sundt was the Executive Vice Dean for USC’s Rossier School of Education and chaired the design teams that created USC Rossier’s blended [email protected], Global Executive EdD and EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership programs. Sundt taught for more than 20 years in USC Rossier’s Doctoral programs and chaired more than 100 dissertations. She blogs regularly about teaching online, organizational change, and preventing sexual assault.

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