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Building The University Of Tomorrow To Bridge Higher Education Divide

Building the University of Tomorrow to Bridge Higher Education Divide

The ninth set of articles from The Future of Universities Thoughtbook |North American Edition introduces Founder and Director of Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Anthony P. Carnevale,  Senior Vice President for Strategy of Arizona State University, Maria Anguiano and CEO and Co-founder of Davis College, Elizabeth Dearborn-Hughes.  

In the article “Programs Will Matter in the Future Far More than Colleges”, Anthony P. Carnevale emphasises that many states built their public higher education systems based on institutional strategies that are now out of date. The modern diversified job market demands a mixture of different learning options which may lead to a decreasing the number of colleges.

In her vision of the future, “Our Americana View of College will Evolve to Embrace all Learners”, Maria Anguiano states that exclusive Americana campus experiences will lead to the exclusion students of lower income households. Universities must offer new student experiences based on both technology and in-person interaction to create unprecedented access for all learners.

In her article, “Education for a Rapidly Changing Planet”, Elizabeth Dearborn-Hughes, foresees universities rising to the top to offer data-driven, personalised, and affordable learning opportunities. She further suggests that disruptive education innovators must work with employers to identify workforce trends to give students exposure to industry demands.

The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | North American Edition is a compilation of 40 visions written by North American experts detailing what universities will look like by 2040.

The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | North American Edition

The Thoughtbook artfully collates a group of 40 diverse voices and narratives while sketching out the future roles of universities, their relevance, and their evolving position within the broader ecosystem of knowledge and innovation production. They are divided into 5 thematic sections – Disrupting Education, Collision of Technology and Humanity, Socially Engaged University, University-Business Cooperation and Institutional Change. With different foci, each of them contributes to creating insightful for further dialogue on how universities would shape the future by 2040. In doing so, a wide palette of university future scenarios comes to light.

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