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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
- NACUBO Bulletin: Model Plans for Compliance With FTC Rules Needed
January 1, 2003
NACUBO has requested sample documents or model compliance policies developed by an institution for compliance with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) safeguarding rules under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GL…
- Tales from the Trenches: Stories of Security, Computer Policy, and Law
January 1, 2003
Computer policy and law experts will share spine-tingling accounts of real-life computer policy infractions that have tested the fabric of their college or university computing policies. While focu…
- Campus Information Policies
January 1, 2000
EDUCAUSE resource page on the issue of Campus Information Policies. Includes policies in the EDUCAUSE information resources library and other policy sites. …
- Being Prepared for Technology Snow Days
December 10, 2002
With increasing use of instructional technology comes the probability that the technology will sometimes fail. Although many policies and procedures exist for more traditional outages (such as ca…
- Student Records
January 1, 2002
Privacy policies on student records at Northeastern University. Privacy policies on student records at Northeastern University. …
- Computer and Network Usage Policy
April 13, 2012
Computer and Network Policy for Stanford University Computer and Network Policy for Stanford University …
- MIT Legal and Policy Guidelines
January 1, 2010
Legal and Policy Requirements for MIT Web Sites Legal and Policy Requirements for MIT Web Sites …
- General Computer Policy
January 1, 2002
Lamar University's General Computer Policy. Lamar University's General Computer Policy. …
- Computing Sites Guidelines for Computer Use
January 1, 2005
Computing Sites Guidelines for Computer Use at Arizona State University. Computing Sites Guidelines for Computer Use at Arizona State University. …
- Computer User Account Procedures
January 21, 2007
Policy on Computer User Accounts at the Univeristy of Idaho. Policy on Computer User Accounts at the Univeristy of Idaho. …