Future of Higher Education

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A Glen Hiemstra futurist keynote for the Society of College and University Planning, March 2013. Highlights the need for universities to fundamental re-examine their core purposes.

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Future of Higher Education

  1. 1. what is your image of the future?
  2. 2. three future questions… What is Probable? What is Possible? What is Preferred?
  3. 3. If you don’t go far enough back in memoryor far enough ahead in hope, your presentwill be impoverishedDr. Ed LindamanPresident, Whitworth College 1970’s
  4. 4. historic mission ofhigher education• credentialing• furthering knowledge• sustaining meritocracy• arguing for the good life• self-perpetuation• a physical place for learning
  5. 5. Do not limit your children toyour own learning, for theywere born into a new time.Ancient Proverb
  6. 6. • demographic dynamics• economic inequality• technology acceleration• climate change impacts
  7. 7. Higher educationspecific...challenges• erosion of meritocracy• research under attack & buyingscience• private good vs. common good• cost/benefit of university degree• learning and the gift economy• emerging relationship economy• internet and learning
  8. 8. children of the screen do notaccept old limitations...Based  on:  Gerd  Leonhard
  9. 9.  Median age of native-bornLatinos is 18 Median age all Latinos is 27vs. 42 for non-Hispanicwhites in U.S. 67,000 U.S. Latinos turn 18each month, (93% arecitizens) 40% of U.S. populationgrowth 2012-2030 will beHispanic (77% of growth willbe minorities)
  10. 10. There is one rule for the industrialist andthat is: Make the best quality of goodspossible at the lowest cost possible, payingthe highest wages possible.Henry Ford
  11. 11. h.p://stateofworkingamerica.org/chart/swa-­‐wages-­‐figure-­‐4n-­‐college-­‐wage-­‐premium/
  12. 12. driving forces:income gap economics• technology• global commerce• public policy• values shift
  13. 13. technologyacceleration
  14. 14. global warming
  15. 15. Disappearing Arctic
  16. 16. Higher educationspecific...challenges• erosion of meritocracy• research under attack & buyingscience• private good vs. common good• cost/benefit of university degree• learning and the gift economy• emerging relationship economy• internet and learning
  17. 17. higher education its own investment...for the local community•for every $1 invested in the California StateUniversity system, the system returns $4.41...•universities bring jobs & revenues from economicactivity and events in local communities...•on top of all that, universities provide the talentpool for local businesses, which also attracts newbusinesses to the area.
  18. 18. must find new and better ways organizecommunities to enable advanced learningfor millions.knowledge value needs…..knowledge
  19. 19. the preferred future challengeTo save themselves Americas universities need togo back to the drawing board and reinventthemselves anew...among the questions to ask...1. What does America need from us? What is thepurpose of higher education now?2. What have we been good at in the past? What arewe doing that is of no use, what should we let goof?3. What are the basic values we wish to promote?How do we best do that?4. Whom do we serve...students, corporate fundersand employers, government, our own careers?
  20. 20. what is your imageof the future?
  21. 21. the future is notsomething thatjust happensto usthe future issomething wedo
  22. 22. thank you for your timefor more informationwww.futurist.comglen@futurist.comwww.twitter.com/glenhiemstrawww.facebook/glenhiemstraresearch and analysis assistance by Sara Robinson

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