Category Archives: future of education

How high will today’s largest endowments grow by 2055?

How might the richest American colleges and universities develop in the future? I’ve been looking at this small yet superinfluential slice of higher education for a while.  For example, since 2018 I’ve been trying to forecast when the most expensive … Continue reading

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When will the first university or college charge $100,000 per year?

When will the first American college or university charge $100,000 or more to attend? What might that mean for higher education? I first asked this question back in 2018.  I wanted to use that psychologically important six figure price as … Continue reading

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American faith in higher education is declining: one poll

Last month the Wall Street Journal and NORC ran a poll asking Americans what they thought about their views of the nation, particularly about economics.  One question concerned higher education.  The answers to it are sobering and I’d like to … Continue reading

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Redesigning higher education in the spirit of donut economics

How can higher education reimagine itself in response to the climate crisis? I’ve been exploring this question for years, and was very happy to encounter a new paper offering an intriguing call for academic design.  It’s about donut economics. To … Continue reading

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Employers, hire more people without college degrees, says the New York Times

Do employers require too many college degrees from applicants? The New York Times now thinks so.  An editorial today – not from a single author, but from the paper’s entire editorial board – calls on employers to be more open … Continue reading

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Resources for exploring ChatGPT and higher education

What might ChatGPT mean for higher education and society? EDITED TO ADD: This is a living document, and has grown since first posted. Today I’m hosting a Future Trends Forum session on the topic (please do join us!).  Here I’d … Continue reading

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Imagining future universities with Midjourney images

What might future campuses look like? I’ve been using AI art programs for a while, getting to generate images for classes, presentations, social media, and entertainment.  The nexus of automation and creativity is something I’ve been brooding about for years.  … Continue reading

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How campuses might act on climate change: a new framework

How might academia grapple with the climate emergency over the next years and decades? Today I’d like to offer a simple schema to start conversations.  Some of you know I’ve been research this topic for years (Universities on Fire is … Continue reading

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What does the new work from home situation mean for higher education?

New patterns of remote work are appearing, as different nations rethink their COVID plans.  What might they mean for higher education? To set the stage, let me share some data from Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom: The shift to WFH is … Continue reading

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A shattered consensus: the end of college for everyone

For a generation or more America has held a rough cultural consensus: that the more people go to college, the better.  In fact, some have argued for everyone to get some higher ed experience, or least to prepare all K-12 … Continue reading

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