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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
- CNI Podcast: An Interview with David Weinberger, Senior Researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
April 18, 2012
David Weinberger is a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University . He is also author of the book, Too Big To Know . In this interv…
- Podcast: Linda Baer â€” As the Future Catches You
April 17, 2012
This keynote presentation, from the EDUCAUSE 2012 Midwest Regional Conference, features Senior Leading Consultant and Founder of i4 Now Solutions, Linda Baer . In this session, Baer claims the…
- Leveraging Service Blueprinting to Rethink Higher Education
October 31, 2011
In this paper, by authors Amy L. Ostrom, Mary Jo Bitner, Kevin A. Burkhard, the Center For American Progress takes the position that higher education is a service, or a service system, and …
- Podcast: Stephen Laster on Disruptive Technology and the New Role of Campus IT
April 9, 2012
In this podcast, Stephen Laster , CIO for the Harvard Business School, discusses disruptive technologies and what that means for the long-term future of higher education IT. Music: &q…
- New Business Models: $199/month tuition
March 29, 2012
Speaking of the potential for technology to facilitate disruptive change in higher education , the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a new, for-profit online university, New …
- Rethinking Higher Education Business Models
March 29, 2012
Stemming from a January convening of CIOs, other higher education thought leaders, and business process experts co-hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and EDUCAUSE, the organiza…
- Podcast: Transforming Higher Education with Emerging Technologies
March 20, 2012
This talk by the Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard University, Chris Dede , describes how we can transform teaching and learning to prepare students with the …
- Imagining the Future of Higher Education
December 15, 2011
Imagine a student heading to college in 2022. How will her campus experience differ from ours? What changes has digital technology made? I have been exploring those questions in this space for…
- Podcast: Joshua Kim on Building Relationships Between For-Profit and Non-Profit Institutions.
January 18, 2012
Joshua Kim is the director of learning and technology for the Master of Health Care Delivery Science Program at Dartmouth College. He also serves as an ECAR fellow and part-time blogger…
- Future of Higher Education
September 27, 2011
"Collaboration 1.0 was Lotus Notes and the Web. Then we got wikis. All are mediated by a document. We capture ideas in a document. But today's consumer experience with collaboration i…