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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
- James Robinette
Instructional Technology Specialist
Palm Beach State College
Lake Worth, Florida
- ELI In Conversation: 21st Century Digital Literacy
May 18, 2009
This ninteen minute podcast features the full conversation from the ELI 2009 Annual meeting. The topic is 21 st Century Digital Literacy. Our roundtable discussion includes: Steven …
- ELI In Conversation: George Siemens and Michael Wesch Talk About Future Learning.
February 1, 2008
In this podcast we feature a conversation between George Siemens , Associate Director of the Learning Technologies Centre at the University of Manitoba. and Michael Wesch , Assistant Profes…
- ELI Podcast: Human Futures for Technology and Education
January 30, 2008
In this hour long podcast we feature a speech by Michael Wesch , Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University, entitled, " Human Futures for Technology and Edu…
- ELI Annual Video: Human Futures for Technology and Education
January 29, 2008
The slides and video of this presentation can be found here . The speech is by Michael Wesch , Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University, and is entitled, &quo…
- Lance Eaton
Coordinator of Instructional Design
North Shore Community College
- The 2020+ Project: Using WordPress to Organize, Evaluate, and Discuss the College of the Future
March 13, 2012
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2012
The provost of Providence College asked the Library+Commons to compile scholarly materials on the future of higher education in order for the Academic Affairs Committee to prepare for the college o…
- Researching Mobile Learning at ACU: Conclusions, Questions, and Future Directions
October 19, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
ACU's campus-wide deployment of mobile iOS devices to undergraduate students created a unique environment for teaching innovation and conducting research on the use of mobility in higher educa…
- Living with Disruption: News from the Frontlines
March 9, 2010
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2010
Universities today find themselves confronted by a variety of disruptive forces that challenge traditional models of education and scholarly inquiry. At the heart of that disruption are the informa…
- Robin Bartoletti
Texas Woman's University