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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
- Uncommon Places for Research
March 3, 2010
Key Takeaways Joseph Schwab’s four commonplaces — learner, instructor, content, and milieu — provide a conceptual framework for thinking about higher education’s multidimensional sy…
- Drivers of Change in Higher Education
February 4, 2010
© 2010 Tracy Futhey, Rick Luce, and Joel M. Smith EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 45, no. 1 (January/February 2010): 12-13 Tracy Futhey is Vice President and CIO at Duke University. Ric…
- Waste Not the Learning Productivity Crisis: Transforming Educational Opportunity into Educational Assurance
February 4, 2010
The time is right for higher education to pursue â€œbest for the worldâ€ strategies enabled by the strategic use of information technology to improve learning productivity by serving mor…
- Dancing with History: A Cautionary Tale
February 4, 2010
© 2010 Brenda Gourley. EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 45, no. 1 (January/February 2010): 30-41 Brenda Gourley ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) was Vice Chancellor and CEO of The Open Universit…
- Innovating the 21st-Century University: Itâ€™s Time!
February 4, 2010
Â© 2010 Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 45, no. 1 (January/February 2010): 16-29 Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams Don Tapscott ( http://dontapsco…
- The Future of Higher Education: Beyond the Campus
January 13, 2010
Higher education's purpose is to equip students for success in life and in the workplace, in communities, and their personal lives. While this purpose may have remained constant for centurie…
- 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…
- Session: Diana Oblinger on the Future of Higher Education
March 22, 2010
The economic downturn and society-wide changes catalyzed by information technology are causing many colleges and universities to question what the future of higher education in the digital age wi…
- ELI Session: Computational Thinking
February 12, 2010
Jeannette Wing is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and this is her vision of the 21st century: Computational thinking will be a fundamental skill used by everyone in the world. To re…
- 'The World Is Open'
August 25, 2009
Author, Curtis J. Bonk, a professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University, explains themes of new book about how technology and "open access" ideas are changing educ…