Category Archives: future of education

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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Higher ed could survive, just like the big banks did

Here’s one possible way for colleges and universities to survive the current crisis.  We could deem higher education too big to fail. Background: the linked article refers to the recent brush with institutional death experienced by the City College of San Francisco (CCSF).  Its … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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