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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
- Interview: Matthew Burfeind, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
February 21, 2014
Matthew Burfeind is interim CIO for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In this interview he talks about the challenges of collaboration, enterprise computing, and his role as interim …
- Interview: Barron Koralesky, EDUCAUSE Award Winner
January 24, 2014
Jennifer Sparrow interviews fellow EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award winner, Barron Koralesky. Koralesky is associate director of information technology services at Macalester College. …
- Data Governance Strategy at Notre Dame
November 8, 2013
Data stewardship and governance are complex topics in higher education. Notre Dame has built a five-pillar program: Quality and Consistency; Policies and Standards; Security and Privacy; Compli…
- Bryan Alexander on the Future of MOOCs
November 4, 2013
The MOOC phenomenon may have wide-reaching implications for the future of teaching, learning and data. In this podcast Bryan Alexander, founder of Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC and senior f…
- A Corporate Perspective on Enterprise
August 14, 2013
In this podcast, Amal Chaudhuri, Chief Technology Officer for TheBondFactor, LLC provides perspective from a corporate standpoint on enterprise systems and higher education IT. …
- Interview: Stephen Landry, CIO for Seton Hall University
May 24, 2013
In this podcast, Stephen Landry discusses attending a Gartner Symposium, disruptive technologies, and how higher education IT reflects the corporate world. …
- Interview: Loren Wilson, Director of Information Systems at Kansas State University
April 22, 2013
In this conversation with Marilu Goodyear, Loren Wilson discusses collaboration and strategy as information systems director at Kansas State University. …
- ERO Conversation: Ian Dolphin, Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation
February 11, 2013
Ian Dolphin is Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation. In this conversation with John Bucher, CTO for Oberlin College, Dolphin discusses the foundation's products and the benefits of com…
- ERO Podcast Conversation: Sarah Morrow, Privacy Officer for the Pennsylvania State University
January 7, 2013
Sarah Morrow is a privacy officer for the Pennsylvania State University. In this podcast conversation she talks about the relationship between privacy and institutional interests. …
- ERO Podcast Conversation: Online Education
October 23, 2012
In this podcast, three directors of online education programs talk about designing for online courses and their efforts toward quality and retention. This conversation includes: Kenneth …