Submitted by BNCAdmin on Fri,05/02/2014-12:13

Higher education is changing to address current issues while employing new technologies. With rising tuition and textbook costs, more students studying online, new technology infiltrating campuses, and students re-evaluating what they want and need from their college experience, there are major changes ahead. A recent article on Fast Company, 5 Bold Predictions for the Future of Higher Education by Brad Lukanic, addresses 5 major changes we may encounter.

1. Academic Curricula Will Become More Multi-Disciplinary
Students are looking to learn and think across disciplines, which will allow them to be creative and entrepreneurial. Universities will have to focus on campus design, and build spaces where students from different departments can come together.

2. Education Leaders Will Need to Balance MOOCs and Traditional Learning
The amount of students learning online continues to grow, allowing students to study and learn in a way that fits their lifestyle. Many students still appreciate the classroom experience, and it is the blending of on-campus instruction and discussions with 24/7 convenient online learning that will define class structures of the future.

3. Student Recruitment and Retention will be More Important than Ever
Colleges will have to embrace sustainability and wellness to appeal to modern students, and ensure that they can make the most out of their student life experience.

4. Higher Education Needs to Invest in Technology
Today’s students are surrounded by technology, and universities need to take on the challenge of bringing the best new technologies to their institution. Higher education should bring technology into the classroom for learning, onto campus in the form of bandwidth and wireless access, and even into school databases by ensuring they have high levels of cyber security.

5. Higher Education Will Explore New Funding Models
Funding practices for state institutions are shifting to performance-based models, which will redefine an institution’s responsibilities to its students and community. Higher education leaders will need to be prepared for this change.


Read the full article here.