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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
- MOOCs: The Coming Revolution? - Sponsored by Presidio
November 8, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2012
2012 may become known as the year of rise of disruptive change for higher education, or more simply perhaps the Year of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Whether you believe the new online p…
- Next Generation Learning: The Pathway to Possibility
April 3, 2013
“Next generation learning” is about engaging with today’s students through “next generation” teaching and learning designs. In this white paper, the authors present a distilled …
- Next-Generation Learning: How Do We Get There from Here?
February 4, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting
What does tech-enabled next-generation learning mean to you, and what does it look like on your campus? What excites you most about the potential it offers? What is your greatest concern about if t…
- Preparing for the Future with Disruption-Resistant Online Programs
March 3, 2010
Key Takeaways The emergencies that interfere with academic continuity have tended to be local and brief, yet online courses serve an increasingly global audience in a world with more compli…
- 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…
- The Changing Fabric of Higher Education: What Lies Ahead?
February 18, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southwest 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 Distance Ed Tipping Point
May 26, 2009
Community colleges consider: What happens when your online enrollments hit 50 percent (or some other level that changes nature of the institution)? …
- The Future of Higher Education
November 4, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference
The economic downturn and society-wide changes catalyzed by information technology (disintermediation, consumerization, and so forth) are causing many colleges and universities to question what the…
- The Future of Higher Education
July 27, 2012
This Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project report surveyed over 1000 internet users and experts on how they saw higher education in the year 2020. Many respondents agreed t…
- The future of higher education: How technology will shape learning
October 9, 2008
This paper examines the role of technology in shaping the future of higher education. The major findings are as follows: Technology has had -- and will continue to have -- a significant imp…