Blackboard have released "Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education", which pulls together a series of interviews with American higher education leaders.
The group of leaders were asked to reflect on the last 20 years of higher education as well as consider what the next 20 years might hold. Across the interviews several themes emerge time and again, including:
- Current system is unsustainable and ill-suited for a globally connected world that is constantly changing.
- Colleges and universities will have to change their current business model to continue to thrive, boost revenue and drive enrollment.
- The “sage on the stage” and the “doc in the box” aren’t sustainable; new technologies will allow faculty to shift their focus on the application of learning rather than the acquisition of knowledge.
- Data and the ability to transform that data into action will be the new lifeblood of the institution.
- The heart and soul of any institution are its people. Adopting new technologies is only a small piece of the puzzle; institutions must also work with faculty and staff to change institutional culture.