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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
- Collaboration, Partnership, and Student Success
March 2, 2015
Diana G. Oblinger ( email@example.com ) is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE. Collaboration and partnership are terms we use often in higher education. We believe that working toget…
- The Professional Development Commons: The Value of Listening
March 2, 2015
Joan F. Cheverie As mentioned in the initial post for The Professional Development Commons blog, recent studies have identified communication skills as critical for job success. Two se…
- Investing in the Explosion of Options in Education & Learning
February 17, 2015
By: Michael Staton Time and again, as local institutions transform into dynamic, international markets there is an explosion in variety and a relentless pursuit of more aptly and ful…
- President Pushes Student Digital Privacy Act
February 13, 2015
On January 12, President Obama unveiled the Student Digital Privacy Act, legislation meant to safeguard student data at the K-12 level. Announced along with several cybersecurity initiatives, the…
- Senate Holds Hearing on NIST Cybersecurity Framework
February 12, 2015
On February 4, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing , entitled “Building a More Secure Cyber Future: Examining Private Sector Experience with the NIST Fr…
- Breakthroughs in Higher Education
February 3, 2015
“Be the Change You Wish to See in the World” -Mahatma Ghandi Call it disruption. Call it progress. Call it innovation. No matter how it’s labeled, real sustainable change …
- New Congress Holds Hearings, Introduces Net Neutrality Legislation
February 2, 2015
On January 21, the new Congress quickly stepped into the net neutrality debate. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovati…
- DMCA Notice and Takedown Multi-stakeholder Forum Continues its Efforts
February 2, 2015
On December 18, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force , composed of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the US Patent and Trademark Of…
- 11 Next Gen Tools for K-12 and Higher Ed
February 2, 2015
Want to see some of the most successful blended, competency-based, and personalized learning programs in the country? We examined 11 strategies and innovations from the work of NGLC grant reci…
- Why TechQual+?
February 2, 2015
Later this week I’ll be delivering a three-hour online workshop on how to use the Higher Education TechQual+ Project survey and Web site tools . The survey and tools are availabl…