Interactive Question

What’s your take on the future of the traditional university in 2012 and beyond?

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  • Kara Evanko

    2012 university wish-list: online student engagement, emphasizing contextual intelligence for workforce prep & eliminating student debt

  • Anonymous

    For 2012 and beyond: Institutional missions, visions and state accreditation standards will have to be geared toward regional and state economic and developoment needs within a broader defined national purpose. Why? because too many institutions are trying to meet pre-defined standards that do not help to meet local and regional workforce development or employment needs.
    Also, the traditional classroom face to face teaching will have to be expanded globaly, using faculty from around the world teaching online courses in cultural, economic, social and geo-polical aspects of scientific and technological advances. Online teaching will become 50% of the traditional classroom curiculum and this combination will become the globally based classroom of the future. Rodney D. Smith

  • E. John North

    The university beyond 2012 is an event not a place. It meets the student in the real world (using face to face and online channels) to address real-word as opposed to academic questions. It is therefore issue-led and learner-centered. The university beyond 2012 collaborates widely and deeply with government, industry, NGO’s and other educational institutions to formulate a teaching and research agenda that serves the common good. The university of the future re-establishes academics as public intellectuals that are willing and able to challenge dominant modes of thinking and that are truly critical of such paradigms. In that sense they will not only take direction from government and big business on what they should teach or research. The university beyond 2012 attempts to make itself more accessible to those who are in most need of education at the bottom of the wealth pyramid. Only by doing that will it remain a legitimate and valuable institution that strengthens society.

  • Linda Mercer

    Things won’t change much in 2012 but, academia, look down from the tower — being ahead of the tidal wave is preferable to being under it.

  • Yarin Puente

    Because of globalization and the current tendency of students to leave their home country to go study to foreign universities, I believe universities in the future will lean towards distance education with an extensive use of technology in order to keep in pace with the always changing world