Category Archives: future of education

How can we reform the adjunct system?

How can American academia’s adjunct situation be improved?  What’s the best way to address this humanitarian crisis?  Can we fix this labor disaster? This question surfaced during a Twitter discussion today.  Several of us were criticizing the increased casualization of … Continue reading

Posted in future of education, research topics, Uncategorized | 32 Comments

One scenario for scholarly research

Here’s me talking about one possible way we can do scholarly research online. (larger size here) It’s only a couple of minutes, so let me add a few thoughts: I’m talking about an individual faculty member or two.  It’s not … Continue reading

Posted in future of education, interviews, research topics | 1 Comment

Reshaping the University: trends report

I have a new article out.  It’s called “Reshaping the University” (pdf), and is part of the Association of Professional Futurists’ regular Compass report. It’s a briefing about current trends, following my FTTE work, and aimed at a general audience.

Posted in future of education | 4 Comments

Piketty on higher education

Recently Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century seized the imagination of many Americans, reigniting debates about economic inequality (my review).  Meanwhile, our current crisis over education reform roars on.  What does this spotlit book say about higher education? The short version: … Continue reading

Posted in future of education | Tagged | 5 Comments

Towards peak scholarship

If American academia has just passed its peak, perhaps we might also experience peak scholarship.  That is, the amount of research produced will plateau, then decline in the near future. How could this happen?  Through several mechanisms.  Please note that these … Continue reading

Posted in future of education, Uncategorized | Tagged | 6 Comments

Public universities confront changes

How are leading public universities coping with the current higher education crisis?  A new Ithaka S+R report by Deanna Marcum,  “Technology to the Rescue” (pdf), offers sobering, even grim answers. To begin with, these institutions have hit an economic wall, … Continue reading

Posted in education and technology, future of education, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

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

Posted in future of education, research topics, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in education and technology, future of education | 2 Comments

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

Posted in future of education, research topics | Tagged | 2 Comments

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

Posted in future of education, research topics, Uncategorized | Tagged | 5 Comments