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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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Future of Higher Education
- EDUCAUSE Review: Print Edition, Volume 47, Number 6, November/December 2012
November 1, 2012
EDUCAUSE Review: Print Edition Volume 47, Number 6 November/December 2012 Features Business Model Innovation: A Blueprint for Higher Education by Christine…
- EDUCAUSE Review: Print Edition, Volume 47, Number 5, September/October 2012
September 5, 2012
EDUCAUSE Review: Print Edition Volume 47, Number 5 September/October 2012 Features Technology and the Broken Higher Education Cost Model: Insights from the Delta C…
- EDUCAUSE Review: Print Edition, Volume 47, Number 4, July/August 2012
July 16, 2012
EDUCAUSE Review: Print Edition Volume 47, Number 4 July/August 2012 Features Let's Talk ... Analytics by Diana G. Oblinger The first in a three-…
- Rethinking Higher Education Technology
May 9, 2012
Stephen Laster is Chief Information Officer, Harvard Business School. He is Editor of the EDUCAUSE Review Viewpoints department for 2012. These are interesting times for hig…
- Latest Trends in Student Information Systems: Driven by Competition
May 9, 2012
Ron Bonig is Research Director, Higher Education Gartner, Inc. The rapid changes in consumer technologies across the spectrum of users—old, young, experienced, novice—and the pe…
- Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID): Solving the Name Ambiguity Problem
May 9, 2012
Brian Wilson is Head of Architecture for the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters and chairs the ORCID Technical Working Group. Martin Fenner is a …
- Change and the Research University
May 9, 2012
James J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. James J. Duderstadt chaired the U.S. National Academie…
- Traditions and New Traditions
May 9, 2012
Diana G. Oblinger is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE. Traditions lead to new traditions. Think of the university library. In the traditional library, voices were hushed, with bare…
- Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012
June 6, 2012
Susan Grajek is EDUCAUSE Vice President for Data, Research, and Analytics. Judith A. Pirani is the President of Sheep Pond Associates. Video: A Sneak Peek at Top-Ten …
- Scientific Research: How Many Paradigms?
June 6, 2012
George O. Strawn is Director of the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development. As Yogi Berra said, "Predictions are hard, es…