Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

2013 - A Look Forward

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

2013 - A Look Forward

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Never lias (litre been a lime when Hie future of higher education has been more cloaked in mystery. The combination of economic imperatives and the encroachment of cutting-edge technology are affecting die way colleges and universities operate, changing business models that have been in place for nearly a millennium.

In 2013, institutions of higher education will address financial aid from their stales, competing with lawmakers1 job creation initiatives, and will try to keep one step ahead of technology advances.

In the I'ew Research Center's publication ?? Future of Higher Education, by J anna Anderson, Jan Lauren Boylcs and Lee Rainic, tire authors note that although universities and colleges have remained basically unchanged as the main societal hub for knowledge and learning, even with advancements like the moveable-type printing press, the Industrial Revolution, the telegraph, telephone, radio, television, and computers, the new year and die years leading up to 2020 will force significant changes on their learning delivery systems and learning environments.

The report reads. "Today, though, the business of higher education seems to some to be as susceptible to tech disruption as other information-centric industries such as the news media, magazines and journals, encyclopedias, music, motion pictures, and television. The transmission of knowledge need no longer be tethered to a college campus. The technical affordances of cloud-based computing, digital textbooks, mobile connectivity, high-quality streaming video, and 'just-in- time' information gathering have pushed vast amounts of knowledge to the 'placeless' Web. This has sparked a robust reexamination of the modern university's mission and its role within networked society."

The other problem colleges and universities must confront is the increasing dissatisfaction expressed by students and parents about the cost of higher education and die value of a degree in today's changing society. While 60 percent of American adults viewed universities as having a positive effect on how things are going in the country and 84 percent of college graduates said money spent in pursuit of a college degree was a good investment, a majority (75 percent) of the public at large said tuition is unaffordablc and 57 percent said a college education is not a "good value" for what students and families spend on it.

According to the Pew report, in 2013 colleges and universities will continue lo light for their share of die higher education pie with for-profit universities, nonprofit learning organizations, commercial lecture programs, online services and specialized training centers for trade certification and licensing. The report explains, "All diese can easily scale online instruction delivery more quickly than can brick-and-mortar institutions."

A Pew Research Center 201 1 study found in a survey of college presidents that more than diree-fourths (77 percent) of respondents said dieir institution offered online course offerings. This number is expected to increase in 2013. This same survey found diat 50 percent of these same presidents held the belief that most students at their schools will be enrolled in at least some online classes within the next 10 years. One of the reasons why these numbers will continue to grow is the pressure tliat is brought to bear by everyone from die board of trustees to students to faculty members pushing for change. …

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