Episode 038: Scott McKinley, CEO of SAE Institute

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In this episode of MEP, the CEO of SAE Institute Scott McKinley joins the program to chat about the future of learning, competency based education, and how SAE serves its learners.  Don’t miss it!

Guest Bio

Scott McKinleyScott McKinley was appointed last year as the President of SAE USA, having spent the past 12 years in the field of global higher education. SAE (School of Audio Engineering) is the world’s largest media education provider, with over 50 locations worldwide.

Prior to SAE, Scott worked in senior executive capacities for Study Group and Laureate International Universities in the Asia Pacific region. He was instrumental in assisting Laureate’s entry into Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand through investments in higher education institutions. He was also a co-founder and CEO of Neumont University in Salt Lake City, Utah, which specializes in preparing technology-focused students for careers in computer science, software development, operations management, and information systems.

Before his involvement in education, he worked for CapGemini, Bankers Trust Company, and JP Morgan Chase in public equity markets, venture capital, and growth equity financing with an emphasis on the emerging markets of Asia.

Scott has lived and worked extensively in both Europe and Asia, with assignments in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, London, Kuala Lumpur, and Tokyo.

He received his MBA degree from New York University and a BA degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University.

Show Notes

(02:24) Scott’s Background

(05:25) What attracted you to the approach of SAE and how did it fulfill your interest in closing the skills gap?

(09:40) Previously, there was a huge lack of communication  between schools and institutions and actual employers.

(10:20) You took this backward approach of actually going to the employers and say “What do you need? and develop competencies from there.

(11:25) Do you want to provide a transcript or do you want to provide a resume?

(13:30) There needs to be, to build in to the curriculum from day 1 all the way to graduation, what can be known as project or problem-based learning.

(15:47) Do you think it’s always certain disciplines that can utilize this competency-based approach or can you do it in more of the softer type disciplines?

(19:50) Navitas and the career experience program

(20:50) Can you take us through the student experience for one of your students who might be going through the Audio Engineering path. What’s their learning path, what’s the student experience?

(24:03) If you could have dinner with one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

* Steve Jobs

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