Category Archives: future of education

A university sacrifices its football team

The University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB)’s president announced plans to terminate that school’s football team. This is interesting to me for two reasons: its relation to my queen sacrifice model and for the trend of concerns about college sports.  Not to … Continue reading

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A Vermont college announces a queen sacrifice

Vermont Technical College will cut back some of its academic offerings next year.  That means cutting faculty, including both adjuncts and tenured professors, and offering another case of what I’ve been calling the queen sacrifice. Recently-appointed VTC president Dan Smith … Continue reading

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Conversing with COIL

Penn State’s splendid Center for Online Innoation in Learning (COIL) hosted me for a campus visit this September. There they interviewed me about higher education’s near- and medium-term future. Larry Ragan and I touched on alternatives to higher education, collaboration … Continue reading

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After such broadband, what applications?

How will we use digital technologies differently if we boost broadband speeds and access?  Will faster connections change the way we live? The Pew Research Internet Project canvassed a bunch of us for our thoughts.  Respondents generally noted similar themes, … Continue reading

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A week of educational dystopias

This past Friday I keynoted a Penn State World Campus conference.  While the event was very energetic and forward-looking, my talk was ultimately quite gloomy, because I focused on offering negative visions of higher education’s future. That was a new approach for me.  Generally … Continue reading

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Three higher education futures

Today Educause Review Online published my latest article, “Higher Education in 2024: Glimpsing the Future“.  In it are three scenarios for how academia could change over the next decade: Two Cultures, a divide between entirely online teaching and a face-to-face … Continue reading

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One future of education: Health Care Nation

What would education look like if the medical sector becomes the largest part of American society and economics?  I call this scenario: Health Care Nation.* In this future, the medical sector has become the leading U.S. industry, eclipsing all others. … Continue reading

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