That's why USC is launching an innovation diploma program for PhD students, free of charge. "We’re not trying to turn PhDs into business people," she says. "We want to keep them as researchers at the cutting edge of their field ... The reality is if you’re going to be the absolute best you have to be very specialized, but that doesn’t preclude you from understanding how to communicate with others that can take your idea and make it into something really impactful."
That's not the only aspect of higher education that's going to change over the next few years. Over 5,000 new open-access journals have popped up online that are circumventing the typical peer-reviewed printed journal publications. What does this mean for research? It's somewhat controversial and raises important questions: how do you get to benefit from your own data that you’ve worked so hard to collect and publish on? How long is it appropriate to hold back that data before you share it with other people?