One glimpse into the future of higher education

I offer a very short glimpse into the future of education within this recent Pew report.

It reads like so:

Bryan Alexander, senior fellow for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), envisioned that, “By 2020 we will see: 1) A split between teaching and research faculty. Teaching faculty will largely be part-time, ill-paid, and expected to do no research. Research professors will teach little (perhaps the occasional grad student) and focus on grant-funded research. 2) Distance learning will be normative. A majority of students have taken at least one online class by age 16. The default for learning is online at this point. 3) Number of college campuses will dwindle. Those that survive will emphasize: face-to-face experiences; campus grounds (beauty, history, charm); charismatic teachers; a sense of tradition (meaning mid-20th century, but aiming for an older time).”

The whole report is, unsurprisingly, very worth your time.

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