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Tiffin University leaders share insights on small college innovation at global summit




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Tiffin, Ohio — Tiffin University’s President, Dr. Lillian Schumacher, and Vice President for Strategic Innovation, Ron Lonzo, recently participated in a panel discussion at the 2023 Arizona State University Global Silicon Valley Summit.

The panel focused on the value of small colleges as innovation testing sites, with Schumacher and Lonzo representing the private, independent sectors of colleges and universities, as well as the Council of Independent Colleges.

Schumacher’s presentation was titled “Innovating Small: A Different Model of Scalability,” while Lonzo’s presentation was titled “David v. Goliath.” Both presentations aimed to highlight Tiffin University’s proactive approach to strategic partnerships and their efforts to explore the application of generative artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality in higher education settings.

“It was a privilege to contribute to this necessary discussion,” said Schumacher. “We are a proactive example of what strategic partnerships can look like for colleges and universities, and will continue to be in this space. Further, as generative artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality become more commonplace practices both in and out of higher education spheres, it is advantageous for institutions such as Tiffin University to determine how these apply within our context accordingly. My sincere thanks is extended to the other Summit attendees and administrators for allowing Mr. Lonzo and me to share our insights, as well as for offering their own.”

The panel discussion provided an opportunity for Schumacher and Lonzo to share Tiffin University’s perspectives on innovation and collaboration in the higher education landscape, and to learn from other attendees and administrators.

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