Category Archives: future of education

Americans on the future of science and technology: meh

A new Pew/Smithsonian report offers a sobering picture of how Americans see the future of science and technology.  At first glance the report sounds like typical futurism, revealing people imagining and weighing alternative possibilities. But on closer examination we find … Continue reading

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Signs of peak higher education: the return of vo tech

How does America’s education system change, if we just passed peak higher ed?  One response might be a return to vocational technology curricula. Consider: if the college world is starting to shrink, how will people learn skills for careers? The … Continue reading

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How to survive our robot overlords

This week our reading of Brynjolfsson and McAfee’s The Second Machine Age advances to policy recommendations.  (If you haven’t followed along, here are all of the posts) Chapter 13: Policy Recommendations Here the authors focus on the short term, and their primary … Continue reading

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Have we reached peak higher education?

Inside Higher Ed published my essay entitled Has Higher Ed Peaked?  In it I raise the idea of applying peak models to the entire sector of American higher education.  It’s a think piece, a provocation. Yes, it sprang from last year’s … Continue reading

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Academia between two storms: talking NERCOMP into the future

Yesterday I had the good fortune to address the NERCOMP 2014 conference in Providence, Rhode Island.  The conference was a sweet one, with its highest attendance ever, a fine buzz of conversation, and a general confidence in springtime’s imminent arrival. … Continue reading

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Living the digital life in 2025

What will cyberspace look like after the next decade? The Pew Research folks in combination with Elon University’s Imagining the Internet initiative have published “Digital Life in 2025″, a semi-crowdsourced report that’s well worth your time. Well, anything written by … Continue reading

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Long Island campuses eyeing the queen sacrifice

A group of Long Island colleges and universities are considering academic program cuts, according to Newsday.  These are more examples of what I’ve been calling the queen sacrifice in higher education. Downling College, Long Island University, St. Joseph’s College, Adelphi … Continue reading

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Looking through STEAM

How do the arts connect with STEM education in our evolving digital landscape? This weekend the STEAM3 conference met in Austin to explore the subject.  (STEAM is STEM plus “A” for arts.  STEAM3 is “Science + Tech + Engineering + Art + … Continue reading

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Another university sacrifices the queen, plus some other pieces

Another American campus decided to perform a queen sacrifice.  Iowa Wesleyan College announced drastic cuts and layoffs: it will eliminate 22 of its 52 faculty positions; it has cut 23 staff members and 16 of its 31 academic programs… After the … Continue reading

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Clay Shirky sees the peak of higher education

In a recent blog post Clay Shirky argues that higher education’s economic model has broken.  Shirky offers the title “The End of Higher Education’s Golden Age”, describing a fine past (roughly 1950-1975) and its decline by degrees (1975-2004). I made … Continue reading

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