Through the Looking Glass: Visions and Planning for the Future of Higher Education
Nothing is permanent except change; the continuous evolution of higher education is its only constant. The speed of this evolution is influenced by many drivers but as we attempt to predict what the future of higher education might look like it is evident that changes are accelerating at an unprecedented pace.
From academics to campus life; from fiscal to the environmental; the future is influenced in part by changes in expectations, technologies, pedagogies and demographics. Glimpses of the future of higher education are starting to influence the way we think of and plan for our institutions now. Student, parent, legislative and market expectations are advancing performance based, result oriented decisions on every aspect of education. Technologies are driving changes in the way education is purchased, accessed, and delivered.
Education and scholarship are no longer bound by location, time or cost. How do planners integrate academics, financial and physical parameters and interest when they are changing so quickly? What makes the campus of the future relevant in the age of online classes? What environmental and fiscal changes have to be made to accommodate changing models of learning?