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Higher education's purpose is to equip students for success in life -- in the workplace, in communities, and their personal lives. While this purpose may have remained constant for centuries, the world around colleges and universities is undergoing significant change. Higher education is under pressure to meet greater expectations, whether for student numbers, educational preparation, workforce needs, or economic development. Meanwhile, the resources available are likely to decline. New models, an intense focus on the student experience, and a drive for innovation and entrepreneurism will ensure that higher education continues to meet society's needs. Information technology supports virtually every aspect of higher education, including finances, learning, research, security, and sustainability, and IT professionals need to understand the range of problems their institutions face so they apply IT where it brings greatest value. Creating this future will require collaboration across organizational and national boundaries, bringing together the collective intelligence of people from backgrounds including education, corporations, and government.
Articles and Reports
- The Current and Future State of Higher Education, EDUCAUSE Live!, November 2012.
- Through a Glass, Brightly: IT’s Impact on Higher Education by 2020, ECAR Bulletin, August 2012.
- Information Technology and Tomorrow’s University: A President’s Confessions and Advice. Jolene Koester. EDUCAUSE Review, January/February 2011.
- Open Governance in Higher Education: Extending the Past to the Future. Patrick Masson. EDUCAUSE Review, January/February 2011.
- Much of the EDUCAUSE Review Magazine, Volume 45, Number 2, March/April 2010 issue is devoted to the future of higher education.
- The entire issue of the EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine,Volume 33, Number 1, 2010 is largely devoted to anticipating the future of higher education.
- The entire issue of the EDUCAUSE Review Magazine, Volume 45, Number 1, January/February 2010 is largely devoted to innovation and the future of higher education.
- The Future of Higher Education: Beyond the Campus, EDUCAUSE White Paper, January 2010
Podcasts and Videos
- The Future of Mobile Computing. EDUCAUSE Live! April 2011
- Future of Higher Education, Diana Oblinger, Midwest Regional Conference, March 2010.
- The Future of Higher Education: What Is the IT Professionals Role? Linda A. Jorn, James J. Koenig, David W. Dodd, Robert H. McDonald and Melissa Woo, Midwest Regional Conference, March 2010.
- 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning, KnowledgeWorks Foundation.
EDUCAUSE Staff Picks
- IT-Based Transformation in Higher Education: Possibilities and Prospects, Greg Jackson, EDUCAUSE, March 2012. A Discussion of how achieving both greater efficiency and better outcomes in higher education through information technology requires a commitment to fundamental, unfettered thinking about the future both within and outside current institutions—the kind of process many institutions are beginning to undertake.
- Rethinking Higher Education Business Models, Robert Sheets, Stephen Crawford,and Louis Soares. Center for American Progress. March 2012.
- Innovating the 21st-Century University: It’s Time!, EDUCAUSE Review, Volume 45, Number 1, 2010. If colleges and universities open up and embrace collaborative learning and collaborative knowledge production, they have a chance of surviving and even thriving in the networked, global economy of the future.
- The Changing Landscape of Higher Education, EDUCAUSE Review, Volume 46, Number 1, 2011. Focusing strictly on technology trends can obscure other environmental factors that are drivers for innovation in higher education. The authors identify ten fissures in the landscape that are creating areas of potentially tectonic change.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Future of Higher Education
- The Water106 Model for Issues-based Education
August 19, 2013
I've been slacking on the blogging lately, mainly because I've been giving a lot of time to a project called Water106. Water106 is MOOC-like in a sense, but like the Feminist and Tech…
- Moving Into the Post-MOOC Era
July 30, 2013
I sometimes wonder if we might have already entered the post-MOOC era. This is something other than the Gartner “trough of disillusionment,” although some of that is already evident. There is…
- CIOs, Leadership, and MOOCs
July 29, 2013
Many in the higher education community are excited about the opportunities presented by new learning modalities, particularly MOOCs. On many campuses, CIOs are part of the conversation about MO…
- How Can IT Add Value in the Connected Age?
July 22, 2013
EDUCAUSE is exploring the concept of “connectedness” as a lens for understanding IT’s strategic role as an integral component of higher education. Technology enables pervasive and continuou…
- EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, Day 3: An Eye on Today, an Eye on Tomorrow
July 18, 2013
On the third and final day of the EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, the conversation turned to “Creating the IT Architecture for the Connected Age,” after hearing about IT as a force of change on the fir…
- EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, Day 2: The Ways We Learn
July 18, 2013
Higher education has been living with various forms of nonresidential teaching and learning for a long time. Beginning with correspondence courses as long ago as 1728 and moving into other media …
- EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, Day 1: Of Higher Education and Gateways
July 18, 2013
In the debate about recreational drugs, an oft-heard argument is that certain substances, while perhaps not terribly dangerous in their own right, should nonetheless be avoided because they have …
- xMOOC Communities Should Learn From cMOOCs
July 11, 2013
For those that may be unfamiliar with the terminology, xMOOCs is a term used to refer to the current breed of elite hyper-centralized Coursera- and Udacity-style MOOCs. The term distinguishes the…
- Designing Open Materials Intentionally for the Blended Classroom
July 1, 2013
One of the interesting things that is going on right now is that MOOC providers, unable to find a path to sustainability in the direct-to-consumer market, have now positioned themselves as provid…
- Major Provosts Embrace Online Learning
June 19, 2013
The real, near-term impact of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) trend has begun to emerge. In response to the rapidly growing awareness and acceptance of online learning that MOOCs have gener…