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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
- Community Dialogue: Best Practices, Emerging Trends, and Views of the Future Audience Response Technology provided by Turning Technologies
June 3, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2009
Our closing session will bring together three panelists, who will each focus on a track topic area. They will summarize key takeaways from the sessions presented throughout the conference and what …
- Flexibility for Durability: Leadership Strategies for Turbulent Times
October 13, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference
Current economic constraints mean that higher education leaders need to think more creatively about staff roles and how to match competencies to business needs. This discussion will explore strateg…
- Improvisation and Innovation: Rhetoric and Reality - Sponsored by Tuition Management Systems
March 13, 2013
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference
We are unlikely to achieve the kind of institutional agility we desire—openness to new ideas, responsiveness to a changing world—if we persist in addressing questions of innovation, improvisati…
- IT from Both Sides of the Executive Table
October 21, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
Information technology plays a fundamental and growing role in enabling education and research, yet the CIO's role in leading that evolution for colleges and universities is far from clear. As…
- Looking Back, Looking Forward: Trying to Use 48 Years in Academic IT to Predict Our IT Future - sponsored by Juniper Networks & Qwest Communications
November 5, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference
It's been a breathtaking ride, watching computers and their networks change from curiosities to ubiquitous technologies over the last five decades. Moreover, George Strawn will suggest that, o…
- Speeding Up on Curves - Sponsored by AVAST Software
October 17, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2013
What curves will reshape colleges and universities, and how do cammpus leaders know when to accelerate, brake, or try to bend a curve itself? These increasingly nonlinear times present extraordinar…
- The Changing Fabric of Higher Education: What Lies Ahead?
January 14, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2010
Change has become the fabric of our daily work. Change impacts economics, demographics, technologies, the profession (for example, new blended professionals), the needs of millennial students and t…
- The Landscape Is Changing Faster Than You Are: Here's Why
October 14, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference
The landscape of higher education—the growing variety of higher education institutions, the cultural environment, the competitive ecosystem—is changing rapidly. This session will scan the envir…