Trends in Higher Education
This article from the Brandeis Magazine, Digital Natives, Analog Universities, does an outstanding job laying out the trends in higher education. Some key points include:
- The three C’s of liberal arts: creativity, critical thinking and continuous learning
- Increased expectation by students and families for colleges to provide a stepping stone to gaining a good career: career services are taking much more prominent role on campuses and starting to work with students as early as freshman year
- Need for colleges to adapt to the way current students learn: interactive, project and group based learning will become more prevalent
- Regional demographic shifts: oversupply of colleges in Northeast, Midwest and MidAtlantic and undersupply in the West
- Three models of universities: “click,” (think MOOCs and online courses) “brick-and-click” (think MIT and Carnegie Mellon) or “brick” (think Carelton and Amherst) institutions
- Affordability increasingly important because colleges work on cost plus model of pricing. We will start to see models of learning at two ends of the spectrum: colleges with all the bells and whistles at the high end and students just coming to college to take classes or online degrees on other end.