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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.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Future of Higher Education
- EDUCAUSE Review: Print Edition, Volume 50, Number 4, July/August 2015
June 22, 2015
EDUCAUSE Review: Print Edition July/August 2015 Volume 50, Number 4 Features Returning Home: John O'Brien, in His Own Words Bill Hogue Excerpts …
- EDUCAUSE Comments: Telephone Consumer Protection Act Petition to FCC
June 2, 2015
In February 2015, Blackboard Inc. filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking a ruling that auto-text and auto-call messages sent via its Connect mass notification s…
- IPAS Evaluation and Assessment Guide
May 27, 2015
This report consists of two main parts. The first addresses a host of methodological and procedural issues related to the evaluation and assessment of IT projects in general and IPAS projects in …
- The IT Leader Today
June 8, 2015
In spring 2015, EDUCAUSE and Jisc published a report on the future IT leader. Many of the working group contributors were interviewed about what it means to be an IT leader today, as summarize…
- A Year of Living in the Future
June 8, 2015
This article looks through the eyes of Jisc's futurist at how the organization is playing an increasingly catalytic role in connecting the UK's research, education, and skills commun…
- Creating Innovation Leadership
June 8, 2015
Key Takeaways The innovation leader's role requires an entrepreneurial attitude with skills in management and negotiation , along with deep domain knowledge in …
- EDUCAUSE Comments: NTIA Multi-Stakeholder Process for Cybersecurity Engagement
May 20, 2015
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a request-for-comments (RFC) in Spring 2015 on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s multi-agency Internet P…
- EDUCAUSE Comments: NIST Controlled Unclassified Information Guidelines
May 19, 2015
In late 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released an initial public draft of a new set of guidelines for federal agencies to follow in securing sensitive unclassifi…
- Brewster Kahle: Digitize Everything
June 8, 2015
June 8, 2015 …
- The Chief Data Officer in Higher Education
June 8, 2015
Key Takeaways The role of chief data officer meets two urgent needs on campus: leading data administration efforts and building analytics capacity to drive decisions with d…