Trends Inside Higher Education | Spring 2022

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Within the world of higher education, what are some of today’s key trends—and what are some implications for institutions of higher learning?

We’ve organized Trends using STEEP:

  • Social: How people think, behave, and interact, including beliefs, values, culture, and lifestyle

  • Technology: How people use technology (including hardware and software), how society relies on technology, and how technology affects society

  • Economic: Macro- or microeconomics, including global trends, anything related to jobs and skills needed for jobs, and industry shifts

  • Environmental: Our external surroundings, including sustainability and our evolving workplaces, cities, and living spaces

  • Political: Public policy, governmental systems, the people within them, and the effects of government decisions on our citizens and communities

Each trend includes a brief trend summary, a footnoted source, and discussion questions to help you analyze and act on the trend.

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Related blog post: Under the headline, “Does Your Search Committee Have an Elevator Pitch?,” an item in this issue of Trends addresses how institutions have adjusted their approach to leadership searches in a highly competitive job market. To gain more insight into strategies for conducting successful leadership searches, we turned to SCUP Board of Directors Member Margaret (Peggy) Plympton, a principal at AGB Search.