Dr. Christine Janssen is the visionary behind Edstutia’s mission. She is a visionary, builder, and disruptor – and is unreservedly passionate about education. The combination of her background, experience, credentials, and relentless energy make her the ideal person to disrupt the status quo of higher education.
After decades of being a student herself followed by 12 years of working as a professor in academia, Dr. Janssen realizes how massive gaps and outdated systems are short-changing students today. Years of research on the disconnect amongst academic institutions, students, employees and employers led to designing and building Edstutia, a contemporary learning platform that addresses the skills gap head on. Doing away with many of the things that inhibit progress in higher education – grades and grade inflation, rote testing, prescribed majors from yesteryear, tenure, minimal input from industry, antiquated accreditation rules, a lack of urgency, to name a few – enables Edstutia to deliver experiential learning that is timely and relevant, not to mention much more affordable.
Prior to launching Edstutia, Dr. Janssen was a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Entrepreneurship in the Gabelli School of Business of Fordham University. She also co-founded the Fordham Foundry, Fordham’s small business incubator, in 2012. Her commitment to non-traditional, experiential learning, based on a constantly changing curriculum designed to sync with the forward-thinking skills business demands, made the Entrepreneurship program one of the most dynamic and fastest growing in the undergraduate business school. Under her leadership, Fordham University’s undergraduate Entrepreneurship program was ranked #15 in the country according to U.S. News & World Report in 2020.
Dr. Janssen earned a BS in Marketing from the University of South Florida, a Global MBA in Communications and Information Systems (CIS) and Finance with a specialization in e-Business from Fordham University, and a PhD in Business Education from New York University, where her dissertation focused on how entrepreneurs learn. Her research interests hone in on the future of higher education, and culminates with Edstutia, an organization committed to transforming the future of learning, today.